Re: Longstreet & Bragg at Chickamauga [was Bragg's order to St...
- --- In civilwarwest@y..., DORR64OVI@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 12/4/02 7:51:22 AM Eastern Standard Time,LWhite64@a...
> > .
> > Also, I dont think Bragg's lack of involvement in that sector
> > anything to do with jealousy, if that had been the case he wouldnthave
> > given Longstreet half of his army to command, but I think it wasBragg's
> > bullheaded determination that his original plan of turning theUnion left
> > was going to be the fatal blow and that he was so focused on thatarea that
> > he didnt give much though to the other wing.battle
> > Lee
> Lee, I think you have hit upon what I conside to be Braggs fatal
> flaw...namely his inability to adjust his plans once the flow of
> inevitably called for changes. Its as tho he saw the battle in hismind
> happening in one way and one way only. I dont think Bragg wasjealous of
> Longstreet for being sent to the AoT when in fact this reinforcementgave him
> numerical superiority for once. Bragg didnt seem to able toreconcile
> himself to the fact that his en echelon attack had failed andLongstreets
> breakthrough had changed the battlefield.My thoughts remain that Longstreet's assault succeeded as *part* of
the en echelon attack. The point that Longstreet orgainized his troops
in depth and attacked en masse is well taken.
I'd like to see a good map. Cozzens doesn't show much above the
brigade level and B&L appears to contradict the written commentary
of the deployment being in depth.
> I think this is part ofthe reason
> Bragg wouldnt even consider pursuing the Federals as Longstreet andForrest
> were pressing him to do.On the afternoon of the 20th, most of Bragg's army is confronting
Thomas' strong position. Polk's wing was going nowhere that day. Hood
was wounded, 2 of Longstreet's divisions were fought out.
Breaking contact and organizing a pursuit with the mixture of units
available, some AoT, some ANV, under Longstreet, just arrived, in the
amount of daylight remaining, leaving Thomas' troops in the rear, is,