Re: A different perspective
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dave Smith" <dmsmith001@y...>
> I think, too, trying to somehow compare the capture of ArkansasPost
> (a basically defenseless position with no means of receivingsupport
> once reached) with solving the dilemma of Vicksburg (a for the mostIt seems this would only fully apply if there were any indication
> part unreachable fortress) is kind of silly.
> Since we're trying to fathom the minds of Halleck et al here, I'd
> also suggest that while Grant was doing the "wallowing," he had
> Lincoln's tacit approval. Lincoln, right or wrong, wanted
> Vicksburg. Jeff Davis, parenthetically, wanted it held.
> As far as Rosecrans is concerned, I think you're spot on.
that Rosecrans would have aggressively pursued Bragg in January. As
it was, Rosecrans' 40,000 men did exactly what they needed to do:
repulsed Bragg's assault and forced him to retire to Murfreesboro,
drawing attention away from the strategic target of choice.
Unless you're willing to suggest that Rosecrans, with 10,000 to
20,000 more men, would have taken Atlanta in Spring 1863 without
stumbling into some kind of Chickamauga.
- Thanks Dave.
Good points to ponder.
--- In email@example.com, Dave Gorski <bigg@m...> wrote:
> >Good points. I was thinking that long-term encampments would have
> >better sanitary and shelter arrangements and the men would be
> >rested than encampents of men campaigning.
> Secretary Olmsted of the Sanitary Commission issued a
> "Circular to the Colonels of the Army," in which he stated
> that "It is well known that when a considerable body of men
> have been living together in camp a few weeks a peculiar
> subtle poison is generated..."
> Another factor was that many soldiers were from rural areas
> where they had not had exposure to common illnesses, and had
> not built up any immunities. Groups in garrison were exposed to
> and often died of childhood diseases.
> Often soldiers who were hospitalized for wounds, died of some
> disease that they had been exposed to while in the hospital,
> especially typhoid.
> Yet, another point is that a soldier on the move was likely to
> have had occasion to have fresh fruits and vegetables than the
> soldier stuck in camp for weeks on end. A better diet made
> for a healthier soldier.
> Regards, Dave Gorski