RE: [civilwarwest] Re: What do you think of...John Pemberton ??
The Buck Stops With The Commander In Chief. He is the highest echelon of the chain that issued the orders. That was Davis not JEJ.
From: GnrlJEJohnston@... [mailto:GnrlJEJohnston@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 10:08 PM
Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: What do you think of...John Pemberton ??
In a message dated 12/6/2003 3:29:20 PM Eastern Standard Time, james2044@... writes:
I agree Davis and Johnston were wrong in sending mixed signals BUT
Pemberton was right in obeying Davis.
If this be true, then Davis was responsible for the loss of Confederate lives, the loss of Pemberton's army, and the hardship those civilians suffered during the seige, not Pemberton. You do not break the chain of command.
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- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dave Smith" <dmsmith001@y...>
> By that logic, (and to invoke as a point of reference that theater-Dave;
> that-shall-not-be-mentioned) Abraham Lincoln was responsible for
> Fredericksburg (First).
I'll agree with that statement. When Burnside got command of the
AOP, over his objections, it was with a clear understanding that a
winter campaign was required. Given this logic, Lincoln was
responsible for 1st Bull Run too.