Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Snake Creek Gap (again)
- There seems to be a general assumption that Johnston would have moved quickly
to head off the AOTC if it had been used. Given that he expected Sherman to
attack at Dalton, would he have moved to head off the movement? It has been
pointed out that it takes longer to move 60, 000 than 20, 000. Would this not
apply to the AOT also? I am not trying to change the facts but am suggesting
that the time limit would apply.
If Sherman had sent a larger force to SCG, it might have surprised Gen.
and given the AOTT a chance to catch the rebels on their withdrawal from
Dalton. This is only speculation of course.
- You've outlined a scenario that would have guaranteed Union defeat at Pittsburg Landing. Two divisions could not have withstood the assault launched. By the time the divisions at Crump's Landing could be moved into support position, it would have been all over. A division at Hamburg Landing could not have helped much.As it was, the divisions present were almost defeated. Too many Confederates for Union resistance. Had PGTB not called a halt near sundown, there might have been a different conclusion.