Re: Was Pemberton Wrong, Bad, Incompetent (Vicksburg Campaign)
- Sorry, meant to say:
BAD: Pemberton really should have spent some energy developing intel on the area south of the railroad. When the sh*t hit the fan, Pemberton's troops acted like they were the visiting team, often taking the wrong roads and failing to understand the location and direction of Grant's movements. Regarding the cavalry Johnston failed to return, Pemberton had other options: abandon north mississippi temporarily and pull most of his cavalry south. Vicksburg was much more important strategically, and it would take a couple of weeks for the federals to realize that most of the cavalry was gone from their front.
UGLY: Johnston really didn't need to hold onto Van Dorn's cavalry division after Pemberton had requested it be returned multiple times. With the size of the threat facing Pemberton and the lack of activity in Tennessee, it seems bizarre that Johnston was calling for reinforcements from Pemberton just before Grant's surprise move south. Johnston also failed to keep a reserve force between the two departments that rapidly could respond to any unexpected threat. Johnston seems to have been acting more as the head of the department of tennessee rather than a theater commander.
- --- In email@example.com, "Tony" wrote:
> Starting in early October IIRC, Grant asked repeatedly for direction. What am I to do? What is my objective? How should I proceed. Receiving absolutely no direction from Halleck, Grant outlined a plan: consolidate his force against Holly Springs, drive Pemberton south rebuilding the railroad as he went, take Vicksburg from the interior. Still, Halleck remained mute about Grant's objectives, despite the fact that Halleck was aware that McClernand had bent Lincoln's ear towards a riverine campaign.He did receive direction from Halleck; Halleck did not remain Mute.
> So we have Lincoln stabbing Grant in the back, and Halleck feeding him lies.Baseless.
>Would there have been a disaster at Holly Springs without the riverine expedition?
> As far as inventing my own history, go bugger yourself in the earhole.Truth hurts huh.