Re: [civilwarwest] Davis treated the west with indifference?
- In a message dated 12/31/2004 1:39:37 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, jdbeatty.geo@... writes:
He couldn't imagine a
strategy to hold onto the vast area with the resources
he had (and there probably wasn't one), so he just
hoped that the Union couln't figure out a way to take
it all away from him and hold it.It was more than that Bill. Davis's first priority always was to save the capitol of the Confederacy which he also believed was the heart of the Confederacy. As a result, his main preference was towards Lee and the ANV. Davis showed some poor military guidance towards the Western Theater as well. What good is a piece of territory (Vicksburg) that had its back to the Mississippi river, and despite the defenses built, was doomed from the beginning since there was no route to supply the city once it was surrounded by Grant. His hatred towards Johnston was evident knowing that Johnston was at a two to one disadvantage, still wanted him to fight an offensive war rather than a defensive war, and when Johnston did his best in stalling Sherman as much as he could, fired him. Davis in my estimation is a poor example as a leader since he let his own personal bias's affect his judgement for what was best for his country.JEJ