[civilwarwest] Missionary Ridge
- Dear Stewart,Boy do I have some bad news if it's the cyclorama I'm thinking of and I'll bet it is.My boyfriend recently got a book, "The Confederate Collapse at Missionary Ridge; The Reports of James Patton Anderson", by John Hoffman (Morningside Press, Dayton OH), which we have been trying to find for over a year. In this book this particular cyclorama is mentioned and several photos of various panels are shown. The poster put out by the McCormack Reaper Company (I think that's the name of it) showing a composite of two of the panels is also shown. Part of the caption which accompany the photos mentions that the cyclorama was destroyed by a tornado (of all things!) while it was on display in Nashville in (I think) 1942. If you want, I'll check on the exact date, etc..I am dying to know if there are any reproductions of that McCormack Reaper poster around because we would love to have one. One of the panels that it depicts is "Vaughn's Division Escaping" which is of particular interest to my boyfriend.Hope this is helpful.Chris HuffAtlanta, GA
- It was not a good day for command, control and large unit cohesion in
the Army of the Cumberland.
Regiments of the same brigade went in different directions; brigades
in the same division were assaulting and falling back simultaneously;
divisions advanced at the initial salvo - others did not; infantry
corps commanders were directing artillery fire
However, the mass effects of the 2 days maneuvering all came to bear
at the CSA's weakest point...
--- In email@example.com, John Beatty <jdbeatty.geo@y...>
> >Isn't it possible that while the Union assault was
> not ordered, the troops found themselves at the bottom
> of the ridge and considered their choices: "I can
> retreat and get cut down by Rebel artillery; I can
> stay here and die, or I can move forward and probably
> die, but at least I'll take some Rebs with me."
> Faced with these choices, some chose to move forward
> and their comrades followed.
> Not only possible but probable. From what I can tell
> there were no _written_ orders for a general advance,
> there was no _plan_ for a general advance, and there
> was no _guidance_ for a general advance if it happened
> (and from Grant's perspective it wasn't exactly
> desired because he wanted his pal Sherman to win the
> show), but there were no instructions _forbidding_
> one. Grant just assumed that Thomas would follow
> instructions (he did) and the troops would act as an
> extension of his mind (they didn't).
> John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
> "History is the only test for the consequences of ideas"
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