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46893Re: [civilwarwest] Retreat and Fall Back

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  • keeno2@aol.com
    Dec 24, 2010
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      See other responses. Living off the countryside yields neither ammo nor tack. Food, yes. Ammo and tack, no. Let's also remember that the food gathered requires butchering, grinding, baking, et al. Not particularly conducive to an army trying to get somewhere in a hurry.
      When Sherman marched through Georgia, he alternated which divisions led -- the lead division got the forage. There was little left for those following. And Sherman brought with him a potful of wagons with ammo and spare tack. Grant did the same with his Bruinsburg supply line.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: jlawrence <jlawrence@...>
      To: civilwarwest <civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thu, Dec 23, 2010 1:54 pm
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Retreat and Fall Back

      .  True, Holly Springs was a successful confederate stroke but it did nothing 
      but delay Grants continued advances on Vicksburg.  It did not change Grant's 
      objective, only how he got there.  Grant did not retreat from Holly Springs but, 
      yes he did change his base of supply and axis of advance.  
      I am not sure Grant ever retreated. 
      The Holly Springs thing was one of what, six failed attempts to seize  
      Vicksburg? With his supply line cut and the railroads being torn up, he just 
      retrenched and looked for another way in.
      What is always overlooked is what Grant learned-that body of troops, cut off in 
      hostile territorty but previously unravaged by war, can support a march or 
      maneuver by foraging the enemy for provender.
      And he did it. And he learned.
      The next year, in fear Napoleonic in execution of not in scope, using a grand 
      calvary raid as a diversion, he conducted a successful river crossing below the 
      He cut himself off and, using the foraging tactic learned the year before, he 
      drove into the state ma took the capital
      This time it was Grant tearing up railroads and burning enemy assets. Securing 
      his rear, he marched/fought his way back to Vicksburg, eventually securing it's 
      The winter next, Grant, Sherman and Lincoln devised a plan that, using the same 
      tactic, would gut the south in the east.
      retreat hell 
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