Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Was it the Worst Blunder?
> > Given the inflexibility of Bragg's tactical thinking process onceIn the end, the same can be said of Bragg that was said of McClellan: great
> > conditions on the battlefield have changed significantly, I for one
> > would have to say that Bragg would most likely have flung his extra
> > troops (if he had them) head-on against the re-established Union
> > line, thereby greatly increasing the casualty count, but not
> > altering the results one iota !!
>I tend to agree 100 percent with you. I've seen little to nothing of
>Bragg's ability to tactically fight a battle that would suggest to me
>anything different would have happened, other than to increase
administrator & organizer, poor field commander. From the mismanagement of
the Kentucky Campaign to the incorrect placement of the trenches on
Missionary Ridge (on the physical, rather than the military, crest), and
even beyond, to his refusal to send aid to WHC Whiting @ Fort Fisher in
early '65 when he had men on hand, and then blaming the fall on Whiting's
drunkeness...but off course, he was Davis'
friend (and we know that nothing matters more than friendship!)!
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- --- In civilwarwest@y..., "carlw4514" <carlw4514@y...> wrote:
> I confess I'm not sure, maybe we'll hear from Dave Smith on this.Well, OK. :-)
I'm not sure of the exact timing, but it was probably about June 1 or
so when Grant got his besieging lines wrapped to the Mississippi on
the southern end, covering Halls Ferry and the Warrenton Roads.
Until then, Pemberton had the option of trying to break out to the
South, but that had to be a very iffy proposition.
For sure, Pemberton losed most of his artillery, including a lot of
the mobile stuff, as well as all of his wounded.
He has to get south of the Big Black, and probably use the Port
Gibson / Jackson Road as a nexus to get to Jackson. Johnston can't
really help him, and he (Pemberton) is moving away from Johnston.
At this point, roles are reversed - Pemberton is moving on exterior
lines, and Grant on interior. Not an easy proposition.
I'd guess had he tried, Pemberton would have lost the city, 3/4 of
his artillery, and probably half of whatever he tried to get out with.
I simply cannot see Grant remaining inert during this time, and idly
letting Pemberton get out.
Villa Hills, KY