Re: Will's Red River II: The Plan
- --- In civilwarwest@y..., "slippymississippi" >
> IIRC, it was Washington that dictated the Red River campaign toGrant
> over a (more sensible) movement on Mobile. It seems awfullystrange
> that the Union would spend the first half of the war making thetrans-
> Mississippi irrelevant, only to launch a massive assault on saidAs far as I can tell the thinking flowed from:
> irrelevant theatre. What was Lincoln thinking???
--the idea that a successful campagin against Shreveport would open
the rest of Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas to union control.
--the idea that these states contained significant unionist elements
waiting to be liberated (there seemed to be a notion that Texas was
like East Tennessee or West Virginia).
--the idea that the resulting control of Texas, Lousiaina and
Arkansas would pave the way for these three states to be reorganized
politically in time for the elections.
--the idea that there was loads of cotton waiting to be brought to
market which would give a boost to the US Treasury and stimulate the
--the idea that this campaign and the resulting control of Texas
would help in foreign policy dealings with Mexico and France.
A good deal of this seems to me to have been wishful thinking.