Re: Snake Creek Gap
- I haven't been participating too much in posting on this thread as I
regard others as being better informed on the Atlanta campaign, but I
am quite interested to keep up here as it is clear Sherman himself
regarded the whole business as the missed opportunity offered once in
a career. However, I have not seen anyone address Foote's point that
Sherman felt it would be a mistake to use any other forces than
McPherson's as it would mean pulling them out of the line of battle
in the face of the enemy. Is that not valid?
*taking a back seat again to listen to the better informed*
--- In civilwarwest@y..., sdwakefield@p... wrote:
> Sorry been out of the loop the last few weeks taking care of real
> life business. In trying to revoiew the MOUNTAIN of missed post I
> found this one interesting. Like Mr. Rose I got to agree that
> Sherman's plan was great but the execution left something to be
> Certainly hindsight seems to tell us that Sherman's decision to
> McPherson alone through Snake Creek Gap was not the best choice.
> The supplementation of the force with an additional Corps from the
> Army of the Cumberland seems to me to have been a reasonable idea.
> question is this-- could that have ben done without causing command
> problems? If the Corps is Hooker's does not that make Hooker the
> commander of the column? Hooker's date of rank certainly was
> than McPherson's wasn't it? Isn't that true of all the Corps
> commanders of the Army of the C. -- I just do not know.
> Wasn't the real problem with McPherson's column the lack of cavalry?
> One final question from me would be wasn't Sherman's rather
> consistent failure in the entire North Georgia Camapign as well as
> with regard to Snake Creek Gap that Sherman did not seem to
> understnad nor utilize cavalry very well?
> If so in this reagrd it appears to me that this was Sherman's
> greatest failing..I do not know but it seems to me that this was
> where Thomas might have been a better Army Group commander...
> As always I could be wrong
- In a message dated 9/4/2005 10:37:14 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, dan6764@... writes:
An 1866 document produced by laborers locating bodies on the battlefield stated that the heaviest concentrations of dead lay on the eastern and western sections of the field and that the dead were fairly light in the center where the Hornets Nest was located..This may be true Dan, but remember, as soon as the battle ended, Union troops started gathering up their dead as well as Confederate dead. Those that might have been found after the war was over, were most likely those that were killed in the brush and bramble of the battlefield, whereas, the Hornet's Nest was quite open and bodies were easily found there following the battle.Just a thought of common sense with only documentation of them finding and burying the dead following the battle. IIRC, Grant denied Beauregard access to Confederate dead, since they already had been gathered up and buried.JEJ