Re: Was attacking Beull an option? [was Shiloh]
- --- In civilwarwest@y..., "hank9174" <clarkc@m...> wrote:
>I agree that it was not an important supply depot at that time, but
> In April 1862, Nashville did not have the importance it gained in
> later years. Louisville was the primary forward depot in the west.
it was an important capture. With the attitude of Andy Johnson and
the defensive mindsets of Buell and Halleck, I think that the
existence of a perceived threat would have led to prioritizing the
defense of Nashville over an advance on Corinth.
> Regardless, the CSA AoT had a difficult enough time moving the 15or
> so miles from Corinth to engage Grant. Multiplying this efforttimes
> 10 is out of the question...The distance to Nashville would be a lot less if Johnson had not
surrendered Middle Tennessee without contest. What I am sugesting is
that instead of abandoning the area in early March, a force should
have remained in the Mufreesboro-Shelbyville-McMinnville region in
order to hold Buell's attention.
The AoT did have a hard time moving the few miles from Corinth to
Shiloh, but a few months later Bragg moved with greater speed
northward from Chattanooga. Bragg's summer move north illustrates
some of what I am envisioning could have been done in the spring.
Buell was closing in on Chattanooga. Bragg, by moving past Buell's
flank, draws Buell back into central Tennessee and then into
Kentucky, postponing the battles for Chattanooga by a year.
As important as it is to concentrate ones own forces, I think
Cofenderate strategy needed to work at getting the opponent to divide
his forces. I also think one of the goals should have been to play
> --- In civilwarwest@y..., "Will" <wh_keene@y...> wrote:in
> > --- In civilwarwest@y..., "hank9174" <clarkc@m...> wrote:
> > >
> > > I doubt that feinting towards Buell would have concerned anyone
> > other
> > > than Buell.
> > Disagree. I think it would have concerned Halleck, Andy Johnson,
> > Lincoln, etc.
> > > Buell's was the larger force, 50K to Grant's 35K and Grant's
> > position
> > > was more exposed. It is fine strategy to defeat the opposition
> > > detail, but not when both forces are larger than your own.him,
> > But the idea was to demonstrate at Buell, not attempt to defeat
> > thereby keeping Grant exposed for longer.units
> > > Grant's forces were vulnerable because they had assumed fixed
> > > positions. Moving forces with flanking cavalry and advance
> > anddemonstrate
> > > other means of intelligence are difficult to surprise. It would
> > have
> > > been difficult to 'sneak up' on Buell on the plains of south
> > central
> > > Tennessee...
> > Why sneak up? I think the idea is to do the opposite:
> > towards Nashville making as much noise as possible, hoping tocreate
> > an exaggerated sense of your strength. The goal would be to get
> > Johnson in a tizzy and make Buell feel that he needs to cover
> > Nashville with his 50K.