Re: Buzzard's Roost as the "Terrible Door of Death"
- --- In email@example.com, "Art Bagley" <abagley@...> wrote:
> You western theater folks can probably help me in understanding
> Sherman's approach to Atlanta better than any other group of folks.
> Why weren't the lessons he learned and applied at Rocky Face Ridge,
> Buzzards Roost, and Dug Gap employed at Kennesaw Mountain? Just
> playing the odds that a change in tactics would fool the Rebels?
> Also, I've been to the Dug Gap site and can understand the
> difficulties attacking troops would encounter. By any chance has
> Gap been cleaned up in the last 4 years? Any added interpretiveArt,
> markers, plaques, etc.? I enjoyed seeing Joe Johnston's statue in
> downtown Dalton, too.
> Tampa, FL
This site might help give you more info on Kennesaw
http://ngeorgia.com/history/kennesaw.html also this site
>Why weren't the lessons he learned and applied at Rocky Face Ridge,My understanding is that Sherman was concerned about his supply and
>Buzzards Roost, and Dug Gap employed at Kennesaw Mountain? Just
>playing the odds that a change in tactics would fool the Rebels?
communication line, both connected to the RR line. As the Union force
drew closer to Atlanta, guerrilla activity against them increase. Continued
flanking movements to the right would have taken Schofield more than a
mile further south, and in Shermans view, would have been met with a
Confederate countermove that would take them even further from the
lines of supply and communications. Sherman also felt that a flanking
move was expected, and that by attacking, he had the element of
The Confederate line was stretched somewhat thin in his mind, over 8
miles, and Sherman thought he could break the line. Demonstrations were
made on both ends of the Confederate line, but no move was made by the
Confederates to shift troops and weaken the line, as Sherman had hoped.
Regards, Dave Gorski