At 10:17 PM +0000 9/9/05, email@example.com
>Given the scenario that the South had a chance, I am more in the
>General's camp here as to the importance of the west. Again, the
>Confederacy doesn't have invade Ohio to be successful - but they had
>to do a better job of managing their resources - both human and
>capital - to force western state governors to view the war as a waste
>of *their* resources, as opposed a valid use.
>As an example, we know that when Kirby Smith invaded Kentucky, routed
>Nelson's army at Richmond, and took over the Bluegrass region of
>Kentucky unopposed in September of 1862 (and Bragg came up and pushed
>Buell into Louisville), the governors of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois
>went nuts. They recruited like crazy, flung green units to the
>front, and won (strategically) the battle of Perryville.
>The Confederacy needed to do a better job of capitalizing on the
>gains of the late summer of 1862, and they didn't. Much, I think,
>can be laid at the feet of Jefferson Davis, who simply did not manage
>western resources well (read Bragg, Polk, and later commanders like
>Joe Johnston and John Pemberton).
>Richard McMurry tells of a cute mathematical principle he has
>developed. The amount of information and knowledge that Richmond
>knew of a specific area in the Confederacy varied *inversely* with
>the distance that locale was from Davis's desk in Richmond.
>I think it is very apropos.
>Crestview Hills, KY
Greetings Dave - of course, I am in the group that feels that once
the North decided to fight, it was going to win. Of course, I realize
that nothing is inevitable in history, but I don't see much the south
could have done. What precisely should Kirby Smith have done? How
long before more armies would have come down from Ohio, Indiana, and
Illinois? The majority of the people in KY were not interested in
joining the Confederacy. I might also point out, as I alluded in an
earlier post, there were plenty of folks not real happy with
secession in East Tennessee, Northern Georgia and Alabama, and so
forth. This is not such a simple question as it seems. While the
Federal government only had to fight the armies of the Confederacy,
the Confederacy had to fight both the Federals AND those who opposed
secession in their own area. There is one thing that I always feel
suggests the lack of hope for the Confederacy. Even after severe
losses at Fredricksburg and Chancellorsville, the Federal government
just kept raising men and coming.
Sure, the Confederacy could have done a better job, but I just don't
see them every having enough men and material to defend the huge area
that they claimed.
Dr. Laurence Dana Schiller