Davis and Faith in Friendships
- I apologize for starting a new thread, but Yahoo has been acting in
an ugly manner this afternoon, and I cannot reply and post.
--- In email@example.com, "Daniel F. Giallombardo"
> I agree with what you, but I still feel there was somethingWhile I agree that Davis bears substantial responsibility for the
> else: a drive, if you will, left unexplored. I agree the he messed
> up the West beyond retrieval. It is my personal opinion, and I
> stress opinion, that Davis put far too much faith in personal
> friendships, or what he perceived to be friendships, and less in
> concrete matters. His opinion of the abilities of some of his
> generals were less than clear, and more like a view through a pair
> of smeared glasses: one can still see
> outlines, but the details are not always clearly defined.
demise of the west, I don't see it as strongly in terms of
friendship. I think the idea that Bragg and Davis were friends is
often overplayed; Bragg didn't argue with Davis, tended to his
department, didn't whine and grip to Richmond, and for this, Davis
Bragg had other problems - significant ones - as we know.
I am of the Richard McMurry camp, that Davis had a problem in
understanding and dealing with various theaters, especially ones that
became increasingly further away from Richmond.
If there's one he had little effectual control over, it's the Trans-
Mississippi. Vicksburg is a close second.
If you read the correspondence, it's clear that Davis really wanted
the whole Vicksburg issue to "simply go away." Twould be best if
Grant and Pemberton would simply shift to Tennessee, and that would
be one less headache for the nitpicking Davis to deal with.
Davis was a micro-manager, and micro-managers have trouble balancing
tasks. They eventually break down.
The Tennessee situation finally caught up with Davis at Chattanooga.
If you don't believe he simply wished problems to go away, look at
his raeaction to the famous situation of the meeting between Davis,
Longstreet, Bragg, Hill, Buckner et al.
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