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46881Re: [civilwarwest] Retreat and Fall Back

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  • DORR64OVI@aol.com
    Dec 22, 2010
      How does one characterize what Schofield did at Franklin?   The Federal Army defended itself against a massive enemy assault that failed to break the defenders lines.  After the battle, the Federal Army left Franklin and made its way to Nashville which was its objective before the battle.  Its that a retreat?  Strategic withdrawal?  Redployment?  The next morning Hood sent a classic spin doctored report to Richmond that he was in possession of the battlefield and downplayed his devastating losses.
      Kent Dorr
      In a message dated 12/22/2010 6:47:27 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, rtaubman@... writes:
      What is a "strategic withdrawal"?  The battle is over, the enemy is routed.  What does any army victorous army do in those circumstances.  It leaves the battlefield.  It isn't a "strategic withdrawl:".  They just left. 
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