Re: Thomas (was Davis & Johnston)
- In order to save Vicksburg, any general in charge of the Rebs would
have had to have beaten Grant at Champions Hill. The difference if
Thomas had been in command is that he probably would not have opened
with an offensive against Grant. The difference in manpower was not
that great to where if he defended instead of attacked, it might have
evened the numbers up considerably.
Once the Rebs are driven back into Vicksburg, it's all over. I don't
think it matters who is in command. One thing to remember is that
Grant did not face Pemberton with his whole force. He could have
used the troops under Sherman if he had needed them.
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> > My first thought was how a Grant or Sherman would have handled
> > Vicksburg as a Confederate commander - but then, I thought ...
> > How would George Thomas have done?
> > Dave
> I think it comes back to a question of how Thomas would have
> JEJ's orders and the resulting encounter at Champion Hill.
- In a message dated 7/10/2003 8:51:31 AM Eastern Standard Time, slippymississippi@... writes:
> Is there any evidence that Sherman had beef with Logan? PoliticalFollowing Atlanta, Logan took leave to do some politicing in order for supporting Lincoln's election coming up in November. He had finished that and was on his way back when Grant sent him the wire to proceed to Nashville and take over command from Thomas. After that order was rescinded, Logan went back and joined Sherman. If Sherman had a beef with Logan so much and did not respect his ability, why did he have Logan appointed the final commander of the Army of the Tennessee. Granted, a year earlier, he had Howard replace McPherson rather than Logan, but not only was Howard a WP graduate, he outranked Logan. I do not think anything personal was involved in Sherman's decision making in this case.
> general or not, he was one of the most effective division commanders
> under Grant during the Vicksburg campaign. It's hard to
> Sherman would relish the loss of a good general.