Grant at Belmont
At 13:33 9/2/00 -0600, you wrote:
>Ulysses S. Grant was not very highly regarded after being routed at Belmont.When I excluded Belmont from my list of Grant's poorly conducted battles in
the West, I was giving him a break. Everyone has to start learning
sometime, and he had no prior battle command experience.
The problem is that he learned nothing from the experience. Every single
battle he conducted after that was improvised and sloppily planned. Take
the Wilderness: At the battle of Chancellorsville a year before Wilderness
and at the same location, Hooker made a major error by stopping his entire
army in the middle of the thickets and was thus unable to properly direct
the battle. Grant and Hooker both had time to through and take a postion in
the open south of the Wilderness, but didn't. Grant then did the same
thing! In contrast to Hooker, Grant (one of the few times in his career)
made a stab at a flanking movement by sending Hancock around Lee's right,
but then CALLED HIM BACK.
Grant was backward and inept in his battle leadership, depending only on
superior numbers and the even greater ineptness of some of his opponents.
But he was unbeatable at political intrigue.
Savior of the nation?