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  • Chris Huff
    Dear Stewart, Let me know when you re coming this way! We ll go look at some neat sites around town. Chris ... From: Stewart L Bennett To:
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      Dear Stewart,

      Let me know when you're coming this way! We'll go look at some neat sites
      around town.

      Chris
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      From: Stewart L Bennett <nidmy@...>
      To: <civilwarwest@egroups.com>
      Cc: <civilwarwest@egroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, August 04, 2000 9:51 AM
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Did they fight...etc. etc.


      > Hey Chris,
      > Excellent statements and observations.I just might take you up on your
      > tour offer!!
      > Stewart
      > On Thu, 3 Aug 2000 18:14:16 -0400 "Chris Huff" <pearlgrl@...>
      > writes:
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      > >Dear Folks,
      > >
      > >Lucky me! All the history I got in high school was "black history" (I
      > >am a =
      > >product of desegregation in case you were wondering). So I get to
      > >start fro=
      > >m scratch! :-)
      > >
      > >I think that one of the reasons that the "War in the West" is so
      > >ignored is=
      > > that it was lost by the Confederacy from the very beginning and so
      > >was see=
      > >n by many, in retrospect, as a "given victory" for the North. Leonidas
      > >Polk=
      > >, made a monstrous tactical and political error by "invading" Kentucky
      > >to b=
      > >uild a fort on the high ground at Columbus, Kentucky. It was an
      > >enormously =
      > >naive mistake on his part and ultimately resulted in opening the
      > >Tennessee =
      > >River to the Union with the resulting battle at Shiloh deep in the
      > >South an=
      > >d the cutting of the South's main east-west rail connection at
      > >Corinth, Mis=
      > >sissippi.=20
      > >
      > >Grant, who was in Cairo, Illinois when Polk made his move, merely
      > >moved his=
      > > troops to Paducah, Kentucky and went about forcing his way up the
      > >Tennesse=
      > >e and Cumberland Rivers. The trip south was not so hard once those
      > >rivers w=
      > >ere lost to the Confederacy.
      > >
      > >Kentucky's neutrality had been broken by the South and so gave
      > >Kentucky gre=
      > >ater reason to enter the war on the side of the North or to at least
      > >make n=
      > >o resistance to Grant's movements in Kentucky.
      > >
      > >I also agree that because both the capitals were in the east, people
      > >who we=
      > >re higher up in government concerned themselves with their own safety
      > >and w=
      > >ould naturally focus first on what was going on around them.
      > >
      > >Since I live in what was once a "Yankee" encampment on Peachtree
      > >Creek, I f=
      > >ind the Western Theater far more interesting. (If you're ever in the
      > >area I=
      > >'ll give you "Huff's Rush Hour Tour of the Battle of Peachtree
      > >Creek").
      > >
      > >Chris Huff
      > >Atlanta, GA
      > >
      > >=20
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      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Dear Folks,</FONT></DIV>
      > ><DIV> </DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Lucky me! All the history I got in high
      > >school was
      > >"black history" (I am a product of desegregation in case you were
      > >wondering). So
      > >I get to start from scratch! :-)</FONT></DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT> </DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>I think that one of the reasons that the
      > >"War in
      > >the West" is so ignored is that it was lost by the Confederacy from
      > >the very
      > >beginning and so was seen by many, in retrospect, as a "given victory"
      > >for the
      > >North. Leonidas Polk, made a monstrous tactical and
      > >political error by
      > >"invading" Kentucky to build a fort on the high ground at Columbus,
      > >Kentucky. It
      > >was an enormously naive mistake on his part and ultimately
      > >resulted in
      > >opening the Tennessee River to the Union with the resulting battle at
      > >Shiloh
      > >deep in the South and the cutting of the South's main
      > >east-west rail
      > >connection at Corinth, Mississippi. </FONT></DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT> </DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Grant, who was in Cairo, Illinois
      > >when Polk
      > >made his move, merely moved his troops to Paducah, Kentucky
      > >and went
      > >about forcing his way up the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. The trip
      > >south was
      > >not so hard once those rivers were lost to the
      > >Confederacy.</FONT></DIV>
      > ><DIV> </DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Kentucky's neutrality had
      > >been broken by the
      > >South and so gave Kentucky greater reason to enter the war on the side
      > >of
      > >the North or to at least make no resistance to Grant's movements
      > >in
      > >Kentucky.</FONT></DIV>
      > ><DIV> </DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>I also agree that because both the
      > >capitals were in
      > >the east, people who were higher up in government concerned themselves
      > >with
      > >their own safety and would naturally focus first on what was going on
      > >around
      > >them.</FONT></DIV>
      > ><DIV> </DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Since I live in what was once a "Yankee"
      > >encampment
      > >on Peachtree Creek, I find the Western Theater far more interesting.
      > >(If you're
      > >ever in the area I'll give you "Huff's Rush Hour Tour of the Battle of
      > >Peachtree
      > >Creek").</FONT></DIV>
      > ><DIV> </DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Chris Huff</FONT></DIV>
      > ><DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Atlanta, GA</FONT></DIV>
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