Burnside and the "slows"
- Cozzens book on Chickamauga offered several quotes which highlight
the real meaning of the word "slow."
Concerning the events around 9/13/63, before Chickamauga, "Halleck
prodded Burnside, who since capturing Knoxville wanted only to resign
from the army ...."
Around 9/17/63, he wrote that rumors in the Union camps were
that "Rosecrans was 'hourly expecting aid from Burnside'."
John Beatty wrote that, at the time of the battle, Burnside "is now
regarded as a myth, a fictitious warrior, who is said to be coming to
the relief of men sorely pressed, but who never comes."
After the battle, Burnside wrote, "Am now sending every man that can
be spared to aid Rosecrans," although the author noted: "yet he sent
Now, that's slow, and we know the results.
P.S. Rosecrans certainly wasn't helped by those outside the
department, with Burnside refusing to move, Grant sitting around the
Mississippi with a number of superfluous divisions, and Halleck
actually suggesting that Bragg was reinforcing the eastern theatre
instead of vice-versa.
P.P.S. If Burnside wanted to resign so badly, why was he later given
a corps command back in the East?
- Well, there's Robert E. Lee, who was always volunteering to not only
send troops, but even send himself out west......
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
--- In civilwarwest@y..., josepharose@y... wrote:
> I was just asking whether, with Grant's large force, Rosecrans
> have been helped by pinning down Johnston's force or through
> offering of his excess troops.
Although I've already address the supposed "excess troops" issue
elsewhere, I'd like to ask Mr. Rose to offer three examples where
Civil War generals offered to send their forces elsewhere for someone
else to command (as opposed to being ordered to do so).
After all, if his request is so reasonable, we should be able to cite
other examples quite readily.