Getting back to the west...
- I notice that nobody has accepted the challenge to define a battle
plan that would have rolled up the entire Union line at Shiloh.
I also notice that certain stuck buttons have failed to address that
Sherman was not sweeping the roads with infantry because he was under
very strict orders not to bring on a general engagement.
I also notice that these posters have not addressed the fact that a
completely contiguous defensive line was impossible and unnecessary
due to the dense tangle between the camps at Shiloh.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, GnrlJEJohnston@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 3/18/2003 10:05:44 AM Eastern Standard Time,That's how I read his behaviour. His behaviour during the battle was
> bjewell@i... writes:
> > Appler made
> > the decision to move his regiment forward, in contradiction of
> > Sherman's orders. Read Sword. It was his own mistake, not Sherman's.
> > And the collapse of his regiment resulted from his actions not
> > Sherman's. The man simply wasn't competent to command a regiment in
> > battle, as he clearly showed.
> Appler was not only incompetant, he was a coward only to be paralleled by
> Gideon Pillow hiding behind a tree while his troops were going forward.
abysmal. But even beforehand his constant "chicken little" routine
appears to have gotten on Sherman's nerves; hence the sarcastic
replies. Of course Appler did turn out to be right, thereby proving
the old adage about a broken clock being right twice a day. ;)
> exhibited bravado before battle only to have to clean out their pantsBut some of them actually stuck with the fight. To be afraid in combat
seems normal, but Appler's behaviour defined cowardice.
> JEJGood to hear from you General.