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  • william
    Thnk you, I was under the impression that Cleburne was pretty much alone in the defence of the northern end. Bill Bruner
    Message 1 of 59 , Oct 25, 2010
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      Thnk you, I was under the impression that Cleburne was pretty much alone in the defence of the northern end.

      Bill Bruner

      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, SDE80@... wrote:
      >
      > Well, the whole point of Sherman assaulting the north end of the Ridge was
      > to both capture Chickamauga Station and cut Bragg off from Longstreet at
      > Knoxville. That, too, would have made MR untenable. Bragg properly
      > discerned that was Grant's main effort and concentrated 4 divisions in a
      > relatively small area. He counted on the natural strength and defensibility of MR
      > to try to hold the rest of it with three divisions. A. P. Stewart's
      > division basically had responsibility for three miles of ridge with only enough
      > men in a single rank to hold a little over a mile.
      >
      > Sam Elliott
      >
      >
      > In a message dated 10/25/2010 3:45:37 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
      > banbruner@... writes:
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > I was thinking also of Sherman's force to the north which was much larger
      > and much closer to Chickamauga Station.
      >
      > Bill Bruner
      >
      > --- In _civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com)
      > , SDE80@ wrote:
      > >
      > > Bragg would have indeed had a hard time holding MR with a Federal corps
      > > (Hooker's "column" had three divisions" at Rossville. Of course, Grant's
      > > original plan did not contemplate Hooker being a part of the attack, or
      > Hooker
      > > having more than one division.
      > >
      > > Sam Elliott
      > >
      > >
      > > In a message dated 10/25/2010 10:35:20 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
      > > banbruner@ writes:
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > I am looking forward to a trip in Nov. celebrating the Battle of
      > > Chattanooga.
      > >
      > > Looking the map in preparation, a peculiar thought occurred to me.
      > > That once Lookout Mountain and Rossville had been taken Braggs position
      > on
      > > Missionary Ridge was untenable. With both Lookout and Chattanooga
      > Vallies
      > > in union control and large forces on both north and southern flanks in
      > easy
      > > position to move to his (Braggs) rear and cut his communications and
      > line
      > > of retreat he would have been forced to retire after dark on the 15th
      > even
      > > if no charge had been made on his front.
      > >
      > > I'm wondering if this analysis has been put forth before or if I am
      > > completely wrongheaded.
      > >
      > > Bill Bruner
      > >
      >
    • william
      Thnk you, I was under the impression that Cleburne was pretty much alone in the defence of the northern end. Bill Bruner
      Message 59 of 59 , Oct 25, 2010
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        Thnk you, I was under the impression that Cleburne was pretty much alone in the defence of the northern end.

        Bill Bruner

        --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, SDE80@... wrote:
        >
        > Well, the whole point of Sherman assaulting the north end of the Ridge was
        > to both capture Chickamauga Station and cut Bragg off from Longstreet at
        > Knoxville. That, too, would have made MR untenable. Bragg properly
        > discerned that was Grant's main effort and concentrated 4 divisions in a
        > relatively small area. He counted on the natural strength and defensibility of MR
        > to try to hold the rest of it with three divisions. A. P. Stewart's
        > division basically had responsibility for three miles of ridge with only enough
        > men in a single rank to hold a little over a mile.
        >
        > Sam Elliott
        >
        >
        > In a message dated 10/25/2010 3:45:37 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
        > banbruner@... writes:
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > I was thinking also of Sherman's force to the north which was much larger
        > and much closer to Chickamauga Station.
        >
        > Bill Bruner
        >
        > --- In _civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com)
        > , SDE80@ wrote:
        > >
        > > Bragg would have indeed had a hard time holding MR with a Federal corps
        > > (Hooker's "column" had three divisions" at Rossville. Of course, Grant's
        > > original plan did not contemplate Hooker being a part of the attack, or
        > Hooker
        > > having more than one division.
        > >
        > > Sam Elliott
        > >
        > >
        > > In a message dated 10/25/2010 10:35:20 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
        > > banbruner@ writes:
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > I am looking forward to a trip in Nov. celebrating the Battle of
        > > Chattanooga.
        > >
        > > Looking the map in preparation, a peculiar thought occurred to me.
        > > That once Lookout Mountain and Rossville had been taken Braggs position
        > on
        > > Missionary Ridge was untenable. With both Lookout and Chattanooga
        > Vallies
        > > in union control and large forces on both north and southern flanks in
        > easy
        > > position to move to his (Braggs) rear and cut his communications and
        > line
        > > of retreat he would have been forced to retire after dark on the 15th
        > even
        > > if no charge had been made on his front.
        > >
        > > I'm wondering if this analysis has been put forth before or if I am
        > > completely wrongheaded.
        > >
        > > Bill Bruner
        > >
        >
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