Expanding My Vickburg Theory
- Phil Gottschalk writes in his history of the Missouri Brigade on page 295... "With the arrival of the brigades of Major General John C Breckenridge's divison from middle Tennessee on June 3, Johnston's Army reached it's peak strength of 31,226 soldiers. ....Pemberton's effective force inside Vicksburg was about 24,000, but he and Johnston together on June 3 had more than 55,000 soldiers to oppose Grant's 51,000 if they acted quickly."The South held this numerical advantage for around 10 days. During that window, had Johnston attacked from the rear, he could have driven Grant into Pemberton thus crushing the Federals.Secretary of War James Seddon saw the importance of this and requested that Hood and Picket be sent immediately to Mississippi to help repel Grant. A cabinet meeting was held, but Lee rebuked the idea in favor of a Northern invasion. Who would argue with the man who just won Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville? Only one man voted against Lee and that was John Reagan, postmaster!Ron in SC"...in the most gallant, dashing, fearless manner, officers and men With loud cheers threw themselves forward against the enemies hitherto victorious lines."
General Francis Marion Cockrell, Missouri Brigade, CSA.