Re: [civilwarwest] The Value of Vicksburg
- Is it not also true that Vicksburg MS, was on the high ground, and in a major
bend in the MS.Therefore it would give a good vantage point of the river, and
being on the high ground the cannon fire would carry farther and have more
impact than from low ground?Also with the bend shipping would have to slow
down, it would be easier to ambush, obstructions and mines could be put in
the river , whose view would be obstructed due to the bend.In other words it
was a very defensible position, and would give maximum line of sight, and
maximum fire power. A frontal assault from the MS RV, would produce maximum
casualties, because the high ground was the best defensible position, IE
Picketts Charge, the Union Charge at Fredericksburg.Vicksburg was really the
last and best really superior blockage on the MS RV. With its capture the
Union could ship from say Cairo IL to New Orleans LA rather effectively. By
controlling the MS, it would cut the effectiveness of the CSA, and was a key
point in the union Blockade.
I dont know the effectiveness of Naval gunfire from an Ironclad to an
elevated position.A Monitor type ironclad, I know could give maximum
deflection(left right) but quadrant , elevation(up down) , I dont know what
could be achieved.
- 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.