RE: [civilwarwest] Re: North of Jackson Mississippi
I think its clear that Sherman ’s forces were clearly irresistible when led with esprit as Sherman did. Johnston did a magnificent job delaying the inevitable, but Davis could not tolerate what was being viewed by too many confederates as a losing continual retreat and Johnston had to go. Hood’s tactics were a disaster and compounded when he retreated toward Nashville rather than moving to Lee. Prior to the Atlanta campaign, Sherman and Grant discussed options such as leaving Atlanta besieged and splitting Sherman ’s army to move south to either Mobile , Pensacola or on to Savannah . The rebels simply had no force available to rescue Atlanta as long as Grant kept up the pressure on Lee. Davis may have had some leverage for settlement during the fall of ’63. And maybe as late as the summer of ’64 when the cost of the Wilderness campaign became clear to the pro-peace factions in the North. But, after appointing Grant, Lincoln seemed ready to fight until Lee was destroyed no matter the cost.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of William Nolan
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Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: North of Jackson Mississippi
If the Union force drove off the Confederate Cavalry, why would they burn the ferry and boats. It sounds more like they were preventing the cavalry from crossing. I agree that the Confederate force was not large enough to challange the Union force, but it did operate along the Black, around Yazoo City , Clanton and Jackson without being stopped. Even in 1864 when Sheridan moved to Meridian , he lost his cavalry support which was chassed back to Memphis by Forrest. The Whitifield Ross Cavalry Brigade contested Sherman , but was completely outmanned. Johnston did not conduct a headon battle because of his dwindling resources. But Sherman paid dearly for each skirmish. Later on his drive to Atlanta he lost 35,000 men. Had the Confederates had the forces to expend, Sherman might not have made Atlanta .
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, William Nolan
>burn the ferry and boats. It sounds more like they were preventing the
> If the Union force drove off the Confederate Cavalry, why would they
cavalry from crossing. ...
Exactly -- the squadron that was there was just protecting the
crossing for use by the main confederate cavalry force. Destroying
the boats, etc was a way of stopping the Confederates from using that