Re: Johnston's retreat from Jackson
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "slippymississippi"
>Actually, this is incorrect. Lynch Creek is just as bad as Town
> It's also interesting to note that if Sherman had been really
> aggressive, he could have trapped Gregg in the Clinton Road salient
> from the south.
Creek, so Sherman would have been in the same predicament. He
probably waited until the flash flood subsided, then forced his way
across the (now fordable) Lynch Creek only to find a handful of State
Troops manning the works. Since Town Creek would have become
fordable even sooner at that particular point on the creek, it really
wouldn't have slowed down McPherson that much to destroy the bridge
after all, so I think you're right.
It just seems a shame that such a strong position as was offered by
the Jackson fortifications couldn't have been used to bloody
McPherson's nose a bit before Gregg withdrew.