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46882Re: [civilwarwest] Retreat and Fall Back

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  • Bob Taubman
    Dec 22, 2010
      It could be two of the three;  retreat and strategic withdrawal. 

      From: "DORR64OVI@..." <DORR64OVI@...>
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, December 22, 2010 9:21:35 AM
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Retreat and Fall Back

      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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