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Re: [civilwarwest] J Davis and Preemptory orders

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  • Jfepperson@aol.com
    ... This kind of thing is a problem throughout the war, on both sides, in all theatres. I think one reason subordinates could get away with it was that the
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 4, 2004
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      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?
      >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?

      This kind of thing is a problem throughout the war, on both
      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.

      JFE
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