Re: [civilwarwest] Re: sherman's better opponent / Bragg
- A little bit of all of the above, although mostly on Cleburne and Sherman.
From: swan_pat_estelle <pbswan@...>
Sent: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 11:53 am
Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: sherman's better opponent / Bragg
I guess Bragg was in charge at Missionary Ridge when Sherman's forces didn't do so well. Of course, it was Cleburne who Sherman was facing. Credit to Bragg or Cleburne? Or was it Sherman's own mistakes?
--- In civilwarwest@ yahoogroups. com, "Carl Williams" <carlw4514@. ..> wrote:
> but Bragg and ol' Cump never tangled, did they?
> Hank, you probably know I am no fan of Braxton Bragg. Actually, I'd say the AoT never healed from the wounds he inflicted. As far as inflicting wounds on the Yankees, I dunno, he showed initiative sometimes but usually not good results.
> --- In civilwarwest@ yahoogroups. com, "hank9174" <clarkc@> wrote:
> > >
> > > As we are restricted to Hood or Johnston ...
> > >
> > 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
- Point is basing future operations based on what the enemy may or may not do is less planning than it is praying.
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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.