Re: Thomas: Overrated or Underrated?
- --- In email@example.com, "Robert \(Bob\) Taubman"
> ...At Nashville, I believe Thomashe should
> had the better view of what was taking place and although Grant was
> frustrated with what he perceived was Thomas reluctance to attack,
> have deferred to the man at the scene...I agree that Thomas had the better view. What became a big source of
Grant's frustration was that Thomas was not explaining what this view
was: Grant to Thomas -- "I have as much confidence in your conducting
a battle rightly as I have in any other officer; but it has seemed to
me that you have been slow, and I have had no explanation of affairs
to convince me otherwise." and Grant to Halleck -- "He did say he
thought he would be able to attack on the 7th, but didn't do so, nor
has he given a reason for not doing it."
> ...However, it would behave
> interesting to "what if" Grant's opinion of Thomas should the war
> continued for another year and Thomas was still prominent in thewestern
> theatre. Would Grant be more accepting of Thomas's battlepreparations
> knowing he had been successful at Nashville. Would he have beenmore
> confident in Thomas.I seem to recall that there were several subsquent incidents in which
Grant was disatisfied with Thomas: the pursuit of Hood; Thomas
ordering his army into winter quarters; and delays in getting
expeditions underway in the spring.
- 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.