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46877Re: [civilwarwest] Retreat and Fall Back

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  • Bob Huddleston
    Dec 21, 2010
      Having done some reading in sources ranging from an 1868 campaign
      biography of USG to Brooks Simpson, it does appear that Grant never
      retreated, especially after the Holly Springs raid..... :>)

      So I am willing to stipulate that Pap Thomas did not retreat after Mill
      Springs. He did fall back, make a strategic withdrawal, etc. What he did
      not do was pursue the Rebels. Double :>)

      Take care,


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      “There must be more historians of the Civil War than there were generals
      fighting it, and, of the two groups, the historians are the more
      belligerent.” David Donald, “Refighting the Civil War,” Lincoln
      Reconsidered (New York, 1956), 82.

      On 12/21/2010 2:13 PM, keeno2@... wrote:
      > Agreed that it's semantics, Patricia. One might fall back to
      > consolidate. One might run like a rabbit and call it a strategic withdrawal.
      > In my limited memory, the Holly Springs episode was the only time Grant
      > ever "retreated."
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Patricia Swan <pbswan@...>
      > To: civilwarwest <civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 2:50 pm
      > Subject: [civilwarwest] Retreat and Fall Back
      > It may all be a matter of semantics, but it seems to me that this being
      > the anniversary of Confederate General Earl Van Dorn's raid on Grant's
      > supply base at Holly Springs, it might be a timely illustration. After
      > the raid, Grant could no longer sustain his troops, his supplies at
      > Holly Springs having been largely destroyed and the railroad down to
      > Mississippi having been disrupted. One could say, and some do write,
      > that Grant retreated. Others say that he was "forced to fall back" to
      > Tennessee. Do these terms apply equally well to what Grant did, or is
      > one or the other more apt?
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