Joe Johnston: the Confederacy's best hope in the west
- I have just finished reading Craig Symond's magnificent biography, Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography , and I believe that he was probably the best general in the west, on either side. Certainly, Jefferson Davis' dislike for generals like Johnston and Beauregard, ( and appreciation for Bragg), doomed the Confederacy's fortunes in the western theater.Perhaps if Johnston's strategy of using N.B.Forrests' cavalry to sever Sherman's vulnerable supply lines had have been adopted the war may have continued much longer.
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I'll answer my own remark. On the second day after rebs were
withdrawn from front line positions. Forrest stated (Yes Mr.
Huddeleston I can verify), "Only God can save that Fort".
Donnelson not only was more than a bust for the Sesesh, it kept
Grant around. To the southern chagrin later on.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "pvtjessett" <pw541301@...>
> Just my own opine, but I believe the Western Boys, a tad more "war
> like" (standard of living-frontier) then the blue fellowes had
> seen anything like them (Western Rebs) before. To say they were
> spooked may explain there hiding under the river bank, been there,
> small place for 5,000 plus.
> Donelson, Forrest considered the place right off the bat. but was
> the only person to "lead" troops away ( Lick Creek )
> I Quit.
> --- In email@example.com, Stanley Balsky <balsky@>
> > A bit more experienced than the armed mobs at first
> > Manassas.
> > Stan
> > --- keeno2@ wrote:
> > > In a message dated 6/1/2006 11:57:03 AM Central
> > > Daylight Time,
> > > melchizedek22@ writes:
> > > I think one thing that has not been said,about
> > > Shiloh,is they
> > > were two armys,with very little training at the
> > > time,which really
> > > means two armed mobs. And Generals who really were
> > > Captains,learning
> > > to be Generals on the job.Its a wonder more didn't
> > > run,and that both
> > > sides did as good as they did. BvT
> > > two
> > > Ditto! It is also amazing that a fight of such
> > > magnitude actually occurred,
> > > and that both sides performed so well. Shiloh should
> > > have mirrored 1st
> > > Manassas. It didn't. Hmmmm? Western boys!
> > > Ken
> > >
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