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[civilwarwest] Champion's Hill

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  • Dick Weeks
    The other day, the discussion turned to the most important battles and possibly which battle might have been the turning point of the war and the battle of
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 6, 2000
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      The other day, the discussion turned to the most important battles and possibly which battle might have been the turning point of the war and the battle of Champion's Hill was put into nomination. Well, since I was already looking into that battle I decided to dig a little deeper. The more I dug the more interesting it became and since I already had the information anyway, I decided to make a page for it on the website. 
      The Battle of Champion's Hill
      I think you will find this is the most complete area on the Internet for learning about this battle. Since I am just getting into the Western Theater,  I knew of Champion's Hill as part of the Vicksburg Campaign but had no idea just how important this battle was. I don't believe this battle, even given it's importance, was the turning point of the war. However, having said that, it certainly contributed to the event that I think was the turning point.  That being the surrender of Vicksburg. 
      Additionally, as I peel the layers back on this battle, I am finding a lot of commonality between Champion's Hill and Antietam. For instance, (1) both had a good commander on one side and a poor commander on the other. In the case of Antietam, it was the South that had the good, Lee, and the North that had the bad, McClellan. At Champion's Hill, it was the South that had the bad, Pemberton, and the North that had the Good, Grant. (2) The interception of an opposing side's communication played a part in both battles. At Antietam, it was the finding by Union troops Lee's S.O. 191. At Champion's Hill it was a Union spy that handed Johnston's communication to Pemberton over to Grant.  (3) In both battles, the Southern army came close to being captured or annihilated. At Antietam, Lee managed to get his army out intact primarily because McClellan misjudged the size of the force he was facing and was waiting for un-needed reinforcements before resuming battle. At Champion's it sees that Pemberton was just lucky more than skillful that he managed to escape. Of course, as always, these are just my opinion(s).
      Now on another subject.  There have been several "blank" posts sent to the group last night and this morning. When this happens, it appears that the individual(s) are trying to "unsubscribe." Just a guess on my part.  In the event, that you do not fully understand the procedures for "unsubscribing" just send me a private email stating that you want to "unsubscribe" and I will be glad to do it for you. I know that many join a group like this just for a short time to gain some needed knowledge and have no intention of staying for a long period of time because of the volume of mail that it can generate. I fully respect that. 
      Anyway, I hope you enjoy the addition to the website and I think it will answer a lot of questions for you.
      I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
      Dick (a.k.a. Shotgun)
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