Re: DH Hill at Dug Gap
> Lee already commented on Cleburne likely not really being sick. No
> source reports that.riding out
> Personally, I think Hill was panicked. His comment the day before,
> to Dug Gap, was that it was "South Mountain all over again." Inother words,
> he was thinking he was facing overwhelming numbers with just ahandful of
> troops. In reality, the opposite was true - He, Buckner and Hindmancould bring
> more than 20,000 Rebels to bear on between 6-10,000 Federals underNegley, later
> reinforced by Baird.in the
> All of the reasons usually cited for Lee wanting to get rid of Hill
> ANV are at play during the Chickamauga campaign: He is a constantcomplainer, a
> difficult subordinate, sometimes slow to act if he doesnt agree,etc.
>Thanks Dave (and Lee for earlier answers)
> Hill was no great addition to the AOT.
> Dave Powell
That sounds reasonable. From the sources I recently read (Turchin,
Woodworth, Robertson in a recent Blue & Gray, and Hill's own essay
from B&L) none of them really spoke to WHY they might have thought
Hill acted the way he did, except that some commented that Cleburne
was in fact not sick, and that the debris in Dug Gap was not enough
to slow down Infantry for more than a few hours.
I didn't really expect to get the straight answer from Hill's essay,
but it was interesting none the less to see him try to defend his