An interesting book
- I'm reading a thin volume from the library printed in the mid-1990s
named 'The Armies of U. S. Grant' by James R. Arnold.
It's a good little book written by an Englishman with no axes to
grind. It has a good mix of theory, strategy, tactics, military
minutia, organization and weapons. The substance of the book is
the changes in military doctrine within the context of politics,
history, goals and available resources. The text has a good mix of
quotations from all ranks.
The title is a bit misleading as the emphasis is on the armies rather
than on Grant. Grant's career is used to follow the army's evolution
during the war as he was involved in all of the major campaigns (his
words, not mine) and in much of the decision-making.
A few items of interest from the book:
* The AotT created siege cannon at Vicksburg by boring out oak trees
and reinforcing them with iron bands.
* Arnold feels that Champion's Hill was the decisive engagement of the
war. It was a chance for Pemberton to delay the AotT and allow a
convergence of two major CSA forces.
* Early recommendations were to organize US regiments on the 3
battalion system of 2 front-line battalions and 1 depot battalion a la
the regular army. The depot battalion would recruit, assimilate and
train and then rotate into the line.
* CSA lack of technology actually *aided* it's cavalry. Both sides
wished to arm horsemen primarily with sabers and lances. The south
could not produce effective quantities of edged weapons so resorted to
pistols and shotguns, which proved much more effective.
* Here's a name I never knew: Irishman Mike Lawler, from Illinois,
whose motto was "If you see a head, hit it"...
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, GnrlJEJohnston@a... wrote:
> ...Lewis Cass (first governor ofHe was also a general in the war of 1812, Secretary of War under
> Michigan I believe)...
Jackson, Secretary of State under Buchanan [until he resigned during
the secession crisis] and the Democratic Party's Presidential
Candidate in 1848 (lost to Taylor), in addition to a bunch of other
sutff (amassador, congressman, senator)