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Importance of Grant and Sherman

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  • Bob Huddleston
    Missing in all of these discussions, is the realization that, without the influence of Grant and Sherman 140+ years ago, the boundaries of the Civil War West
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 11, 2006
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      Missing in all of these discussions, is the realization that, without the
      influence of Grant and Sherman 140+ years ago, the boundaries of the Civil
      War West group would be constrained by the crest of the Appalachians.

      However, thanks to Sherman's ideas -- and skill -- and Grant's appreciation
      of the strategic impact, our boundaries go from Belmont, Cairo and Mill
      Springs to the Sea -- and then up the Atlantic Coast to within a, for a
      Westerner, a handful of miles of those two armies skirmishing along the
      Rappahannock and the Potomac. This is truly not the "Civil War West" but
      rather the Civil War West AND Southeast."

      In one of Shelby Foote's endpapers is a map of the Eastern Front, IIRC, a 90
      miles radius around Brandy Station. And it covers the entire field of
      operations of the rival armies of the Potomac and Northern Virginia, with
      Gettysburg and Appomattox Courthouse just off the map North and South.

      Compare that two the men who went to the Sea and Beyond with Sherman: after
      the War some of the regimentals tallied marches approaching 3,000 miles I
      the four years.

      Where Grant and Sherman shone above everyone else, every other general,
      North or South, is that they thought in terms of the Continent and the
      destruction of the Confederacy continent wide.

      This was the great frustration of Lincoln and Stanton: other generals tended
      to think in terms only of their immediate surroundings. Grant and Sherman
      looked at the Big Picture.

      Take care,

      Bob

      Judy and Bob Huddleston
      10643 Sperry Street
      Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
      303.451.6376 Huddleston.r@...

      "Don't argue with someone who claims the earth is flat. You haven't given it
      a second thought, whereas he has spent 20 years thinking about and obsessing
      over why it is flat."
    • Bob Taubman
      ,,,and it was good. Oh, sorry, that s the Bible. Bob Huddleston wrote: Missing in all of these discussions, is the realization
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 11, 2006
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        ,,,and it was good.  Oh, sorry, that's the Bible.

        Bob Huddleston <huddleston.r@...> wrote:
        Missing in all of these discussions, is the realization that, without the
        influence of Grant and Sherman 140+ years ago, the boundaries of the Civil
        War West group would be constrained by the crest of the Appalachians.

        However, thanks to Sherman's ideas -- and skill -- and Grant's appreciation
        of the strategic impact, our boundaries go from Belmont, Cairo and Mill
        Springs to the Sea -- and then up the Atlantic Coast to within a, for a
        Westerner, a handful of miles of those two armies skirmishing along the
        Rappahannock and the Potomac. This is truly not the "Civil War West" but
        rather the Civil War West AND Southeast."

        In one of Shelby Foote's endpapers is a map of the Eastern Front, IIRC, a 90
        miles radius around Brandy Station. And it covers the entire field of
        operations of the rival armies of the Potomac and Northern Virginia, with
        Gettysburg and Appomattox Courthouse just off the map North and South.

        Compare that two the men who went to the Sea and Beyond with Sherman: after
        the War some of the regimentals tallied marches approaching 3,000 miles I
        the four years.

        Where Grant and Sherman shone above everyone else, every other general,
        North or South, is that they thought in terms of the Continent and the
        destruction of the Confederacy continent wide.

        This was the great frustration of Lincoln and Stanton: other generals tended
        to think in terms only of their immediate surroundings. Grant and Sherman
        looked at the Big Picture.

        Take care,

        Bob

        Judy and Bob Huddleston
        10643 Sperry Street
        Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
        303.451.6376 Huddleston.r@...

        "Don't argue with someone who claims the earth is flat. You haven't given it
        a second thought, whereas he has spent 20 years thinking about and obsessing
        over why it is flat."





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