What if Johnston had replaced Pemberton at vicksburg?
- While reading another history of the Siege of Vicksburg I came across
a reference to President Davis dealing with a lot of criticism
regarding his appointment of Gen. Pemberton to defend Vicksburg. A
panel of politicians and high ranking officers reviewed Vicksburg's
The end result left Pemberton in charge, but Joseph Johnston's partng
comments urged tightening the defensive line so it could be held by a
"skeleton crew", which would free more troops for the mobile
defenses. If this had happened, the confederated mobile forces would
have likely outnumbered Grant's entire army.
Knowing the history of Pemperton, Grant, and Johnston, and their
styles of command, I would ask all who are interested to offer what
they think would have happened had Johnston been apponted commander
the defenses at Vicksburg?