Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Myth or Truth of Sherman's March
- In a message dated 8/4/2006 1:22:27 PM Central Daylight Time, keg032461@... writes:
is it possible that he choose the "Total War" route,to limit his contact with a enemy large enough to cause him much resistance, to cut his chances of failure as much as possible.I suppose anything is possible, but I don't see it. Waging "total" war was something that evolved in his thinking. He was almost always of the opinion that the southerner was a formidable foe and that that particular way of thinking was an objective well worth destroying. To actually bring it into practice took a couple of years.A complex man defying analysis.Ken
- 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
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tony Gunter"
> --- In email@example.com, "Bob Huddleston"
> <huddleston.r@> wrote:
> > Keep in mind., also, that neither man had been in independent
> > Thomas' only independent command had been with a small numberleading
> up toCampaign.
> > Mill Springs two years before and Sherman's had been a fiasco in
> > early in the war and more recently, I guess, the Meridian
> I don't see how the Meridian Campaign can be considered a fiasco.
> Halleck would not allow Sherman to re-allocate the troops under
> command. Rather than have them sitting idle, he proposed a two-prong
> raid to clear out the Mississippi River Valley. One wing of thatraid
> would strike out for Meridian in the winter, and return toVicksburg in
> time to assist in the second wing's strike on Shreveport.only
> Given these parameters, the Meridian Campaign was a success. The
> secondary objective I pick up on in Sherman's correspondence isthat he
> would have liked to have drawn Polk into a battle. However, hefelt
> that Sooy Smith's failure to show up allowed Polk to flee fasterthan
> Sherman could bear upon him.