RE: [civilwarwest] Re: The Anaconda Myth
- In a message dated Fri, 1 Jun 2001 1:29:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time, "Bob Huddleston" <adco1@...> writes:
Grant fights Lee and takes --and inflicts -- tremendous casualties and destroys the ability of the ANV to conduct offensive operations, tying them into the Petersburg trenches, where, as Lee himself put it, it
became only a matter of time.
Sherman enunciated Grant's strategy when he said (paraphrasing) "Grant was to go after Lee and I was to go after Johnston." Our own Professor Simpson has written how Grant wanted to make Lee's army his target, and to do that he had to fight Lee's army. As Lee didn't have the strength to come out of his entrenchments to attack Grant, Grant had to attack Lee and the attacker normally took greater casualties than the defender. Meanwhile (to show how this is on topic), Sherman was trying to get at Johnston, but Johnston was able to maneuver skillfully to avoid being in the same position as Lee. Johnston didn't care as much about losing territory as he cared about keeping his army intact as a striking force, and he was ready for a counterattack on Thomas at Peachtree Creek when he was relieved. Thomas at the time was bringing his army across the river, which was swollen by rain, and had the attack commenced when Johnston planned Thomas would have been in serious trouble. Hood!
, however delayed the attack lon
g enough to allow the Army of the Cumberland time to complete its crossing and entrench, thus the attack failed.
- I would second Carl. Grandpa's knee is a wonderful place to learn to
love history but often a terrible place to learn accurate history.
I do not recall any mention of anyone telling Scott how to run a war.
And he was an experienced general -- I doubt that anyone needed to give
him ideas about how to run a war.
There were similar claims for a Marylander named Anna Carroll (? I may
have the name wrong) who claimed that she gave Lincoln the idea for the
But some things are so obvious -- John Sherman recalled going to visit
his brother early in the war and finding Cump and Thomas crawling around
on the floor on a huge map of the United States, "talking shop" about
how *they* would defeat the Rebels. As the senator remembered the story,
his brother and Thomas basically outlined the way the war turned out.
The secret was not in figuring out the strategy, but in finding the man
or men who would be able to carry out the plan. It took a while but
Grant, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan and a few others, Lincoln finally found
the men who imposed their will on the armies.
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
Hello addison, please do share that. I'll caution you, tho', that
family traditions are a bit touchy, you know, everyone in the family
cherishes them and all; but sometimes they are a bit hard to confirm.
Carl aka Unre, etc
--- In civilwarwest@y..., jaaah@t... wrote:
> Well, if this isn't too late, I want too add something.
> Family history records that we are related to the Scotts, and that
my Great Great Grandmother was the one to actually give General Scott
the idea for the 'Anaconda Plan'. My Grandfather has the full
details, but from what I remember, she was at a dinner party with
him, and he was telling her about the plans for the war against the
Confederacy. She then asked "well why don't you just cut them off
from everything?" When he asked what she meant, she gave him the
basic idea for what became the 'Anaconda Plan.' If you want the full
details, my Grandfather has them all!
> A. Hart
> > ** Original Subject: RE: [civilwarwest] The Anaconda Myth