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Myth or Truth of Sherman's March

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  • GnrlJEJohnston@aol.com
    I recently found this excellent article on the myths of Sherman s March to the Sea. I being a Univ. of Mich alumnus, am always a little leery of something
    Message 1 of 90 , Jul 29, 2006
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      I recently found this excellent article on the myths of Sherman's March to the Sea.  I being a Univ. of Mich alumnus, am always a little leery of  something written by a Buckeye (Ohio State), but in this case, IMO  Mark is right on.
       
       
      JEJ
    • Bill Bruner
      Tony, I didn t read Mr. Huddleston as saying that Meridian was a fiasco but only that it was an instance where Sherman was in independent command. Also wasn t
      Message 90 of 90 , Aug 7, 2006
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        Tony, I didn't read Mr. Huddleston as saying that Meridian was a
        fiasco but only that it was an instance where Sherman was in
        independent command. Also wasn't Sherman in independent at
        Chickasaw Bluffs?
        Bill Bruner





        --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Tony Gunter"
        <tony_gunter@...>wrote:
        >
        > --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Bob Huddleston"
        > <huddleston.r@> wrote:
        > >
        > > Keep in mind., also, that neither man had been in independent
        command.
        > > Thomas' only independent command had been with a small number
        leading
        > up to
        > > Mill Springs two years before and Sherman's had been a fiasco in
        > Kentucky
        > > early in the war and more recently, I guess, the Meridian
        Campaign.
        >
        > I don't see how the Meridian Campaign can be considered a fiasco.
        > Halleck would not allow Sherman to re-allocate the troops under
        his
        > command. Rather than have them sitting idle, he proposed a two-
        prong
        > raid to clear out the Mississippi River Valley. One wing of that
        raid
        > would strike out for Meridian in the winter, and return to
        Vicksburg in
        > time to assist in the second wing's strike on Shreveport.
        >
        > Given these parameters, the Meridian Campaign was a success. The
        only
        > secondary objective I pick up on in Sherman's correspondence is
        that he
        > would have liked to have drawn Polk into a battle. However, he
        felt
        > that Sooy Smith's failure to show up allowed Polk to flee faster
        than
        > Sherman could bear upon him.
        >
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