Re: Champion Hill;
- --- In email@example.com, "Carl Williams" <carlw4514@...>
> > McPherson, without any seige artillery, would have been facing athat
> > force of 7,000 men, supported by heavy artillery, behind
> > fortifications. And the Confederate reinforcements would have
> > steadily trickled in over the next few days, raising the force
> > available for the defense of Jackson to around 12,000 - 13,000
> > shortly.
> was it a case of skillfully suckering Gregg or just getting lucky
> Gregg would assess the situation wrong? If it was skill, then thereis
> huge irony that McPherson often gets portrayed as a poor performerin
> this campaign.McPherson went out of his way to mask his deployment, deploying his
second and third brigades behind the hill 1/2 mile away from the
McPherson's tight cavalry screen prevented the scouts in the area
from detecting any of his men except for his cavalry, while the
scouts had fairly detailed reports of McClernand's activities and
strength. Since the federal main force was reported to be on the Big
Black River, Gregg assumed that the troops deploying in his front
were the force seen in Utica on May 10th, reported by J.R. Russell,
commander of scouts for Hinds County, to be a force of 1,500 cavalry
Ironically, J.R. Russell's report had been filed from Roach's
plantation on May 10th, the staging point for McPherson's two
divisions the morning of May 12th.
- You mention how Sherman and Grant worked together to prevent the movement of troops between theaters, and many have spoken of how great this plan was, but in reality it did not matter that much. Think about it, the ONLY major battle of the entire war which was influenced by the movement of troops from one major army to another was Chickamauga! Even then most of Longstreets men were late to the party!With only one viable route for the transportation of troops between the two armies, and it was almost worn out by this time, I don't see how any major movement of troops between the two armies was possible, so the "Cooperation" between Grant and Sherman really did not effect the outcome of the conflict.Steve Hall - Commander
Lt. Col. William Luffman Camp #938
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Chatsworth, Georgia----- Original Message -----From: David WallCc: bonnikorn@...Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2007 8:41 PMSubject: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Champion Hill;
I am not sure what you mean by Cohesion on the east side of the river.
Grant's army certainly acted in concert, except for McClernand at Champion
Hill. But even he did O.K.
Now by east side of the river, you mean the entire area from the Mississippi
to the East Coast, I just don't know enough to comment.
But Grant's movement down the Louisiana border to Bruinsberg to Jackson to
Vicksburg was like a "Ballet for Three Division's". Wow, I've got to use
that phrase again!
Same goes for Sherman on his way from Chattanoga to Atlanta. Except he
conducted a "Ballet for Three Army's". Grant and Sherman actually
co-ordinated their activities so that the Confederates could not transfer
troops from one theater to the other.
edkiniry, who took part in those ballets. No...he did not wear tights. He
shod horses and shot
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>Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Champion Hill;
>Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:34:02 EDT
>Nothing particularly unusual about the lack of cohesion Trans-Mississippi.
>It was barely evident on the east side of the river. In both armies.
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