Re: [civilwarwest] Thomas: Overrated or Underrated?
- ----- Original Message -----From: GnrlJEJohnston@...Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2003 8:26 PMSubject: Re: [civilwarwest] Thomas: Overrated or Underrated?In a message dated 7/31/2003 10:45:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time, DORR64OVI@... writes:
I dont think Sherman bothered to give JEJ any credit for the pace of his advance.
I think however, after the war, he did give JEJ the highest credit possible when he stated that JEJ was his greatest adversary.
JEJI kind of like JEJ. Bentonville may have been his greatest almost success.
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- In a message dated 8/1/2003 7:13:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, rtaubman@... writes:
to attack regardless of the circumstances, Grant's perception of Thomas,
and Thomas's refusal frustrated Grant. I believe Grant was completely
within his right as CIC to make such an order, I certainly won't/can't argue
I agree with this Bob, but if Thomas had attacked when Grant kept on ordering him, it is a good possibility that the attack would have failed. According to reports, the ground was so icy after an ice storm, that even the horses could not stand up, let alone a soldier trying to march. Grant was not aware of these severe weather conditions and IIRC the ice storm also knocked out the telegraph lines so Thomas was not able to notify Grant of the conditions. Once the weather cleared and conditions improved, Thomas did attack and was successful.