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Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Bragg's order to Stewart at Chickamauga September 19, ...

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  • LWhite64@aol.com
    In a message dated 12/5/02 5:56:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, ... But the key thing is, is that these positions were largely there when Pete arrived, I would
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      In a message dated 12/5/02 5:56:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, clarkc@... writes:

      Longstreet did a good job to shift Stewart to the right to firm the
      connection to the right wing, move Hood up from the 2nd line into that
      position in the front and draw Preston back from the extreme left to
      reserve position behind Hindman.

      Thus the line was firmly attached to Polk on the right, had an
      excellent division of shock troops in a key position and a strong left
      flank.



      But the key thing is, is that these positions were largely there when Pete arrived, I would venture that Hood and Buckner had more to do with it than Longstreet, once again no fault to him as he arrived during the night and had no idea of his troops dispositions, etc.  What you see on the CS left, is basically Divisons with a two brigade front and one being held back, this was also true on the 19th on the left and with Cheatham in the center.  Jim Ogden, the Chickamauga-Chattanooga NMP Historian, also brought up the fact that if the Confederates had tried to present a solid front their lines would have extended down to Lee and Gordon's Mill, the formation had to deal with the confines of the land north and west of the Chickamauga.

      Lee
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