Re: Steele Bayou and Yazoo Pass
- Glad you enjoyed. Washburn shows up in my sources grousing about
Grant's failures to his congressman brother, just at the end of these
two events; but apparently did not participate in either expedition.
Foote has him attached to McPherson, who was set to follow the Yazoo
Pass expedition with his entire Corp. As far as I can tell they were
never ordered up. The only infantry commander I see mentioned is
Quinby, with troops transported in from Helena, in a second attempt
at Fort Pemberton that was aborted.
As for Cannae, the situation was this, to abbreviate it:
Hannibal faced the Romans with a crescent-shape formation which he
allowed to bend as the Romans attacked in the center, the Romans
trying to break it. It held, and Hannibal closed the end of the now U-
shaped formation with his cavalry. I may be using the wrong term to
say "encirclement," but I was trying to point out the parallel with
other situations in which the supply line of the opponent has been
cut. What I don't know is how this obviously undesirable situation
was different in those days vs the ACW, in that vast amounts of
munitions did not need to be constantly resupplied in 200 BC warfare.
--- In civilwarwest@y..., josepharose@y... wrote:
[snipped] "... wasn't Cadwallader Colden
Washburn the army commmander of the the Yazoo Pass expedition? .."
"... I had always thought that Cannae was an example of double
envelopment--as opposed to encirclement."