Re: sherman's better opponent / Bragg
- --- In email@example.com, LWhite64@... wrote:
>Concerning General Hardee, he is a combat leader that I am still undecided about after only 25 years of reading about the civil war. I believe him to have been a steady person but one without major achievements. Well liked by the soldiers and most of his brothers officers, he provided comfort to the army because of his known, steady but of an average ability. His refusal to take command of the army in Tennesse at least twice appears odd when he was angered when the job was offered and accepted by Hood. He never lived up to his assumed abilities. Having said this, I still rate him higher then L. Polk. The command problems of the confederate Army of Tennessee (Bragg-Beauregard-Johnston) was not helped by having as corps commanders, one of average ability (Hardee) and one of limited ability (Polk). The next level of combat commanders (Stewart, Cleburne, Bate, Forrest, Cheatham, Chalmers, Etc. is were this army could have excelled.
> Sadly the more I have looked into Hardee the less respect I have for him.?
- 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.