Re: [civilwarwest] Re: AoNV vs. AoT
- In a message dated 10/14/03 8:02:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time, james2044@... writes:
Davis' actions during the war, his time in Washington and his lack
of intrest in the west all support the idea. The other thing is
that winning gets you good things, Lee won.
I would not say he had a lack of interest in the West at all. He visited the West 3 times, and struggled throughout the war to find an effective command structure there.
- conveniently, the below excellent article addresses this issue in
decisions made in '63. It was not just the CS generals who needed to
avoid Pyrrhic victories -- in the forbidden zone, unfortunately
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark Peters"
> As with many of the CSA commanders, Pyrrhus also didn't know when
> to fight. His campaign, against the Romans, saw him destroy twoCSA
> armies at Heraclea and Asculum, but suffered heavy losses in return.
> This, reputedly, led him to say, "one more such victory and I am
> lost". As indeed he was.
> His first duty was to keep his army as an occupying force, not one
> eventually destroyed by needless heroics. Just as, less numerous
> forces had to be preserved to fight a war of attrition, rather than
> winning costly (but in real terms) meaningless battles.