Re: [civilwarwest] J Davis and Preemptory orders
- In a message dated 10/4/2004 3:35:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time, "William Gower" <billgower@...> writes:
>Why was Davis so hesitant to give preemptory orders to his commanders?This kind of thing is a problem throughout the war, on both
>There are several situations where he gave an order, for example to Polk,
>and told him to send troops to Johnston if they were not needed. Polk said
>that they needed which they weren't. Bragg requested Davis to issue a
>preemptory order to Polk but Davis wouldn't. There are other examples with
>other generals. Was it that he could not bring himself to be forceful
>enough or that he didn't want to upset the commander. Why?
sides, in all theatres. I think one reason subordinates
could "get away with it" was that the commander was often
not in a position to know enough to impose his will.