Re: A "Proper" Defense in the West
- --- In email@example.com, Aurelie1999@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 2/4/03 12:35:44 PM, smolverine@y... writes:
> << Was Polk's move to take Columbus a death knell in the West?
> If not, it certainly started the dominoes tumbling that included
> tactics, poor generalship and knee jerk responses.To somewhat rephrase my question regarding Polk and the premature
taking of Columbus: If Polk hadn't moved, and assuming that there
was a standoff in Kentucky for some reasonable amount of time (it was
winter) and the entire Donelson episode doesn't unfold in February,
are the Confederacy's chances better under such a situation? Does it
swing emphasis more on the East - or the Trans-Miss?
Sustaining your army off enemy resources while preserving you own is very useful to your moral.
"Will <wh_keene@...>" <wh_keene@...> wrote:
Two thoughts in reaction to Madelon's question:
1) Offensive campaigns 'liberate' areas theoretically disposed to
join the Confederacy (ie: Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri) or lost
through previous advances of the enemy.
2) Offensives campaign create opportunities to engage the enemy on
your terms in his territory. Victories in this situation could have
much greater impact on the will of the enemy populace and thus
greater political impact than defensive victories within one's own
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, meheatherington@j... wrote:
> In light of Hank Clark's recent notion about the 'offensive' North
> the 'defensive' South, I have another question.
> If, with Hank, we stipulate that "all CSA successes were strictly
> offensive" (whilst acknowledging that this is a mere stipulation,
> the Hunley, torpedos, etc.), then what, really, did the South
> gain by taking the offensive?
> My understanding is that the Confederacy's oft-repeated political
> (failing either European recognition or one grand knock-out Cannae
> would bring the North militarily to its knees) was simply to
> Union, keep up the fighting for so long that squeamish Northern
> (apparently assumed to be less stout of heart than their Southern
> counterparts) would sue for a cessation of hostilities, after which
> South would stagger away, content to be let alone. Winning by
> not-losing, so to speak; victory by endurance.
> So how does a flair for the offensive, with its glamor *and* its
> attrition rate, advance that rather low-keyed wait-'em-out grand
> Or does anybody in the Southern high command think that far ahead?
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