Re: sherman's better opponent / Bragg
- --- In email@example.com, SDE80@... wrote:
>In Cleburne's after action report, Hardee makes several appearances, particularly being involved in directing and approving Cleburne's position and in providing tactical support from the forces to Cleburne's left.
> In a message dated 4/4/2009 11:27:02 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> wh_keene@... writes:
> I brought him up becuase in the comments about Sherman's opponent on
> Missionary Ridge, the discussion went straight from Bragg to Cleburne without
> mention of Hardee, who was between the two in the chain of command.
> And Hardee deserves a great deal of credit. He thought MR was indefensible
> anyway, and recognized the danger of the high-running Chickamauga Creek
> behind the CS position. His corps made it off of Missionary Ridge basically
- 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.