RE: [civilwarwest] Shermans numbers and Shiloh
- I agree with your analysis.
However, even though I am a fan of Uncle Billy's, there were limits on the
ability of *either* side to fully mobilize, even if the leadership had
recognized the need.
The mobilization of the American armies in 1861 is something of a miracle.
With the greater industrialization of the 20th Century, we did not come
anywhere near it. In 1917, there had been for years a general staff and
staff college which had prepared mobilization plans and there had been a
partial mobilization the previous year to combat Poncho Villa. But the Army
only tripled in size in the same length of time that the Civil War United
States Army increased to 27 times its size.
At the start of 1861, the army had about 15,000 men and 1,000 officers. The
first call went out on April 15 and by August 3, the US Army had 460,000 men
mustered in (122 OR 455-456).
And at the same time, the PACS, using the same base, had also grown. I can
not find a strength report to directly compare with the August 3, 1861 US
one, but on September 30 the Confederates had mustered in 254 regiments --
probably in excess of 200,000 men, and a report to Samuel Cooper remarked
that there were numerous other regiments and independent companies. (127 OR
So the American people increased their army from 16,000 to 3/4 of a million
men in a space of three months!
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
We have been discussing Sherman's numbers, and going in to
April, my thoughts start to drift towards Shiloh.
Now lets say they decided to liston to Sherman and send 200000 men to the
west.100000 for Grant,and 100000 for Buell
(Sherman still went crazy). How would the battle of Shiloh gone
with those numbers. The point being that one of the Norths big advantages
was much more man power than the south.From the North and a endless supply
from Europe if need be.
This I think Sherman was talking about,and the North could have shorten the
war if it had only activated and outragously
huge Army,that the South could never have compited with, know matter how
great there Generals were.This was very possible
from the start. The Baron