Re: Lew Wallace's Destination
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Will" <wh_keene@y...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "bjer50010" <bjewell@i...> wrote:My reading of the message from Lew to WHL is that of a mutual support,
> > ...
> > > A separate question is whether Wallace should have known
> > better at
> > > the time.
> > >
> > The answer is yes, he should have known it at the time. He and
> > WHL Wallace had agreed to come to each other's aid. Since
> > WHL's camps are close to the point at which Lew actually did
> > arrive on the field, he should have known that was the closer
> > route. In addition, the River Rd. bridge was repaired and the
> > road partially cordouroyed in part by Lew Wallace's men. How
> > could he not have known about the River Rd?
> As far as I recall, the arrangement with WHL Wallace was in order to
> ensure reinforcements for Lew, not the other way around.
though IIRC there was more fear of an attack at Crump's Ldg. because it
was relatively isolated and more poorly defended. Either way it
doesn't much matter because, as you pointed out, the letter was dated
the 4th and there wasn't much time to really prepare in detail.
> So all LewI'm sorry if I came across as bashing Wallace. I don't think he
> needed to worry about was getting a message through and that WHL knew
> where to find him. Also, this arrangement was being made on (IIRC)
> the 4th, so it was a relatively new task. Could it have been done
> better? Sure. I just don't take as critical view of Wallace as you.
performed that badly. He made some mistakes once he was en route but
overall he did a reasonable job.
> Like the other commanders involved, Wallace was functioning under aI agree that he was acting under a preconceived notion. That was my
> preconceived notion of how the campaign would unfold: they were on
> the offense; the rebs were on defense. So he spent his time learning
> the roads forward toward Purdy, instead of toward Pittsburg Landing.
point in providing the evidence that the Shunpike was actually the
longer, less direct route to Pittsburg Ldg. Since he believed it was
the shorter route, however, that is what motivated his actions. But to
blame Grant is way out of whack. Wallace made his decision before
getting the orders from Grant, whatever those orders actually were. I
have outlined my reasons for saying that previously and won't repeat
Given the misapprehension under which he was acting, his decision makes
sense. What is fortunate for him, and Grant, is that Rowley ran into
him when he did. Yet another of those odd coincidences which seemed to
alternately plague and assist both sides.
But as he later pointed out, it was the reports from his cavalry
officers which gave him the wrong impression. But I'm unclear how his
cavalry officer (Hayes?) made this big a blunder. 3-4 miles off is
pretty substantial. Makes me wonder how complete his scouting mission
- --- 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)