Re: Sherman's deployment at Chattanooga
If you have the OR Map Atlas, Howard's map of the engagement is map 2
of Plate 49. Looking at this you will see the reasons for my asking
for clarifiaction of exactly what is meant by Sherman extending his
left. Davis's request to "turn the enemy's right flank by moving his
division to its rear" appears to me much easier said than done.
--- In civilwarwest@y..., josepharose@y... wrote:
> Concerning the issue of Sherman's use of non-AotT troops at
> On Page 189 of "Life of Major General George H. Thomas" by Thomas
> Horne (I think the citation is correct), the author wrote: "The
> [divisions] that were under Sherman, two regiments excepted, were
> the, battle only as quiet reserves. Davis' division was in the rear
> of Sherman's fighting forces and Howard's corps was between
> Missionary Ridge and Chickamauga Creek at rest and undeployed.
> General Davis, chafing under enforced inaction, requested
> to turn the enemy's right flank by moving his division to its rear,
> but this movement, which might have produced decisive results;
> especially if Howard's corps, or part of it, had participated, was
> forbidden by General Sherman. This movement would have supported
> direct attack most effectively, since there were no defenses on the
> east side of the ridge, and the slope on that side was far from
> steep. Besides it would have harmonized with Grant's plan of
> dislodging the enemy by simultaneous attacks in two directions
> closely cooperative."
> It does appear that Mr. Van Horne was incorrect as there were
> not two, non-AotT regiments utilized by Sherman (authors do make
> mistakes sometimes). Otherwise, Van Horne describes an opportunity
> which Sherman didn't deem worthy of trying.
- 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