Re: Newton's article
- --- In civilwarwest@y..., Jfepperson@a... wrote:
>studies at West
> > "Johnston derived his perspective on war from his original
> > Point in the late 1820s where the relevant influence was notDennis Hart
> > Mahan, but John Michael O'Connor."him
> > Since much of Newton's theory is based on O'Conner's and through
> > Frederick the Great's influence on JJ, it begs the question: howcould both
> > Johnston - one of the CWs most reluctant warriors and champion ofdefensive
> > strategy and Robert E. Lee, innovative and offensive-minded havegraduated in
> > the same year with diametrically opposed attitudes andperspective?
> This is really not all that hard to accept, but it requires
> speculating that JEJ was more studious of military history
> than was REL. IOW, if JEJ had devoted more time and mental
> effort to reading O'Conner than did REL, then it would explain
> how the two men came away from their educational
> experiences with different foundations.
There's basis for this. When one reads Volume 1 of Douglas S.
Freeman's _R. E. Lee: A Biography,_ one comes away with the feeling
R. E. Lee was not the most diligent student of military history. He
read what he needed to for class, but he was more interested in
studying the exploits of his father in the Revolutionary War.