Re: [civilwarwest] Davis and the West
>It is of significance, to me, that Jefferson Davishad to order the seasoned officer, Johnston, to
Mississippi eight days after Grant crossed the
Mississippi to bring aid and counsel to the totally
inexperienced subordinate, Pemberton.
Though I can't disagree with anything that's been said
here (except the concept of "a" weak link), I have to
ask if Pemberton was so inexperienced, why did he have
such a crucial command and wasn't relieved flat-out?
I think part of the answer may be the key to the
entire "Western Problem:" Davis didn't know how to
stop multiple attacks from the Union, and in sending
JEJ west without significant reinforcements he fully
expected VIcksburg to fall but didn't want to lose a
better commander than Pemberton.
John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
"History is the only test for the consequences of ideas"
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