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Re: sherman's better opponent

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  • hank9174
    ... The general that did the most for the CS cause in the west was Braxton Bragg. He fought Yankees well and his own chain of commmand poorly... HankC
    Message 1 of 31 , Mar 31, 2009
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      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, keeno2@... wrote:
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      > As we are restricted to Hood or Johnston ...
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      The general that did the most for the CS cause in the west was Braxton Bragg. He fought Yankees well and his own chain of commmand poorly...


      HankC
    • John D. Beatty
      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
      Message 31 of 31 , Apr 8, 2009
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        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
        "History is our only test for the consequences of ideas"

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        Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: sherman's better opponent
        From: "gnrljejohnston" <GnrlJEJohnston@...>
        Date: Tue, April 07, 2009 7:56 pm
        To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com

        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.

        JEJ

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