sherman's better opponent
- I have never tried to start a new thread and rarely do more than read others, but here goes.
In the Atlanta Campaign, who was the better opponent against Sherman, Johnston or Hood?
It seems everywhere Sherman turned, he found Johnston in front of him, usually entrenched and inviting battle. OTOH, Hood attacked rather than await further Union movements. Once Atlanta fell, Hood took the Army of Tennessee around Sherman and tried to get the Yankees follow him back north by marching along Sherman's line of supply. Trying to view this without the benefit of 140+ yrs of hindsight, one of Hood's better ideas.
- Point is basing future operations based on what the enemy may or may not do is less planning than it is praying.
John D. Beatty
Co-Author of "What Were They Thinking" from Merriam Press/Lulu
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Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: sherman's better opponent
From: "gnrljejohnston" <GnrlJEJohnston@...>
Date: Tue, April 07, 2009 7:56 pm
While "waiting till a more powerful opponent made a mistake" has a visceral appeal, the Federals were orders of magnitude more powerful than the Confederates. It would have to have been a whopper, and Sherman just didn't blunder that badly by 1864.
The mistake may have been made not necessarily by Sherman, but by Schofield, McPherson, or Thomas or by one of their subordinates. This came close to be several times. Johnston acted on these a couple of times, but his orders were not followed by subordinates, and thus any victorious action by the Confederates, was defeated before it even started Granted, the Confederates with their disfunctional command structure were more apt to make a mistake, the Union could do so also.