RE: [civilwarwest] Big Dogs
I don't know if this belongs in this group or not, but here goes.
The will was still very much alive in the Confederacy. Lee
surrendered at Appomattox because he had no other choice. If he
continued to fight, his entire army would be annihilated. He was
completely surrounded and throurough outnumbered. Most of the
soldiers didn't want to surreneder. They wanted to continue the
war indefinately and fight as guerrillas. The only reason this
did not happen is the army had total respect for Lee (whether you
like him or not, you can't deny that fact) and this respect is
The American "Revolutionists" never encountered this. They were
never faced with the prospect of total annihilation or surrender.
That is the only reason they held out for 8 years.
Plus, we can't ignore the fact of the French during the American
War for Independence. Without them, the American cause was doomed
to fail. Had the BRitish come in on the Southern side,
their "will" would be as great today as the American colonists
during their will for independence, but it is because they lost
that the Confederate "will" seems to be lacking.
Lets not forget that most of the South was destroyed as a result
of the war whereas during the American War for Independence, the
British did not destroy the country like the Union during the
Civil War (granted, there are cases in where they did, but they
did not destroy to the extent of the Union).
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Don't forget that the American Revolutionists fought on for eight
years -- while the Confederacy died after only four. The will was
- 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