Re: Snake Creek Gap
- Mark Grimsley is apparently much less judgmental than I. I think that
a pretty definite judgment can be made concerning Thomas' plan and why
Sherman and McPherson failed. The Blogsite notes that: "2 p.m. -
Dodge's two divisions are now at the crossroads in force. . . . 4
p.m. - Logan's three divisions are now at the crossroads."
As Thomas was planning on sending in some 60,000 men, versus the
~24,000 which went in with McPherson, it seems no great stretch to
conclude that he would send them in in one stream. Given the timings
offered by Mark Grimsley, the first 24,000 would be available to
defend against any likely CSA incursions on that day, and the
additional troops arriving that afternoon and evening (the end of
civil twilight was at 8:01 p.m. but there wasn't much of a moon after
that), and the next morning would suffice to defend against the bulk
of Johnston's army.
With that headstart and no probable stoppages in the arrival of
reinforcements, Thomas' plan would seem rather easily done--in a war
where gaining such an advantage came rarely and usually after great
Furthermore, Thomas' troops wouldn't have suffered under the handicaps
of no cavalry and short rations as McPherson's did.
- In a message dated 9/4/2005 10:37:14 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, dan6764@... writes:
An 1866 document produced by laborers locating bodies on the battlefield stated that the heaviest concentrations of dead lay on the eastern and western sections of the field and that the dead were fairly light in the center where the Hornets Nest was located..This may be true Dan, but remember, as soon as the battle ended, Union troops started gathering up their dead as well as Confederate dead. Those that might have been found after the war was over, were most likely those that were killed in the brush and bramble of the battlefield, whereas, the Hornet's Nest was quite open and bodies were easily found there following the battle.Just a thought of common sense with only documentation of them finding and burying the dead following the battle. IIRC, Grant denied Beauregard access to Confederate dead, since they already had been gathered up and buried.JEJ