Re: Pea Ridge
- I don't think that Van Dorn had a plan anymore than Hood did in
1864. He expected to win and that would take care of everything
else. The errors of ommission and comission on his part are off the
scale for anyother general. Stripping your army of food and support
services in March was only the start. Wearing the men out with
forced marches is never a good idea either. Lack of local guides and
trying to determine the other side's location are requirements.
I think we expect to much command & control from the 1862 armies.
Van Dorn did not expect the two wings to be blocked but he never
established any way to command the second wing either. Considering
how Price and McCulloch "worked together" keeping them apart was a
good idea. However, McCulloch was not really up to independent
command of an army and Hebert was not considered 2nd in command.
Pike should have been left behind.
- Yeah, I know how that goes....Dan
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, GnrlJEJohnston@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 7/29/2005 9:33:42 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> GnrlJEJohnston@a... writes:
> Also, wasn't it Curtis that chased Steele over five hundred miles
> Arkansas. The longest pursuit in the CW.
> Delete this post, it was Price that was chased and it was either
> Steele that chased him. Mea Culpa Dang it, I am getting to old
to trust my