Re: [civilwarwest] Re: The Value of Vicksburg
- Pete, you are so right. And imagine the smell!!! In our motorized world, we
often forget about all the details that went into running a war back in them
thar days. It is one of the reasons my latest fascination is the
Quartermaster Corps, N&S. Those guys were faced with a logistic nightmare
that only American ingenuity can and did solve N&S.
But IMHO the Union's greatest gain from capturing VB was Grant. The
successful conclusion of the VB campaign catapulted him into the upper
echelon of military men and insured his appointment to command all the armies
and ability to put into play a modern command system. Without VB in his cap,
Grant would probably have remained in obscurity. And, no matter what you
think of him, Lincoln needed a general and was running out of choices to
carry the last 10 yards.
- In a message dated 7/16/02 7:39:01 PM Central Daylight Time,
<< I agree. Sometimes it's the back of the scene contributions from
willing men like Hurlbut that make all the difference in a campaign.
To the best of my knowledge, Hurlbut didn't squawk a bit when Grant
called on him for reinforcements.
>>Seems to me the only time Grant and Hurlbut disagreed was in how Dodge was
handling payment to his operatives. IIRC the situation was handled quickly
and with no obviously hard feelings. Working in tandem was the optimum
situation, but too often egos or personal agendas muddied the water to the
detriment of the objective. Grant's talent was to somehow arrange it so that
his subordinates were his men.