Re: [civilwarwest] Daniel's new book "Days of Glory: The Army of the Cumberla...
- In a message dated 4/4/2004 9:46:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, tmix@... writes:
I’m not sure. When the Commander in Chief gives you a “directive” would it be appropriate to view it as an “order”? If the President of the United States directs a General to do something, I think I would view it as an order at not contradict him or ignore him. Tom M.
Orders from Halleck dated Sept 23 came with a courier from Washington and were delivered to both Thomas and Buell. Gen Buell was relieved of command and Thomas was to take over as head of the newly created Dept of Tenn. Thomas didnt refuse to obey, he simply asked that the orders be suspended. Halleck complied.
Thomas felt Buell was being railroaded from command thru the efforts of civilan politicans and he was being used to faciliate the injury to a fellow officer. He couldnt however, say this to Washington because Buell told him not to refuse the command on his personal behalf. So Thomas came up with the semi-lame excuse that he wasnt up to speed on the preparations of the Army on the eve of impeding battle and that since Buell himself had made the preparations, he should be allowed to continue in command.
- In a message dated 4/5/2004 1:16:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, tmix@... writes:
However, having refused to take command when directed to do so justified a degree of mistrust from Washington and that is what the question here is all about. An action creates a reaction and his action caused D.C to react in a manner of questioning Thomas’ motives. I think that is a justified response considering the political, social and military climate of the time.Rather than thinking about himself, Thomas' responses to Halleck, his statements about the situation years later, etc. etc. may not have been in his best interests politically, but that he was more concerned what was in the best interest for the Army and the country. (I know - I know - only politicians decide what is best for the Army) As it turned out, things did turn out good until Chicamaugua, but then Rosie fell down. In the end, he ended up number 5 or 6 and was slated to take over Sherman's position according to Grant (during his world travels) but Thomas died first in California..JEJ