Re: [civilwarwest] Re: sherman's better opponent / Bragg
- In a message dated 4/3/2009 10:10:24 A.M. Central Daylight Time, LWhite64@... writes:
Having said this, I still rate him higher then L. Polk.Easy pickin's. Almost every man, woman and child in the CS would rate higher than Polk. Hardee was what I would call a journeyman ... adequate for most jobs. But at a time when the CSA needed a superstar, it simply didn't have one.You were either one of Jeff's buddies or you were not. Lincoln managed to shed that handicap ... you win, you're in line. You lose and you get Minnesota or California or Oregon. President Davis had baggage that Lincoln didn't have. There were no buddies to take care of. Lincoln had the luxury of giving rank to anyone who won. With a Lincoln running the CSA, the Taylors, Cheathams and Cleburnes would have been running the AoT.Hardee? Nope. A division or a corps. Hood? A division or a corps. There was no one ... repeat, no one ...who could stand against Grant/Sherman/Thomas.End of rant.
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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.