[civilwarwest] Missionary Ridge
- Dear Members,
Is there anyone out there that knows anything about the "lost"
cyclorama of the battle of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge?This is
one cyclorama which includes both battles.It is not the one on display at
Point Park on Lookout Mountain.I believe it was painted in the 1880's or
1890's.Where was it originally housed? Who painted it ?Where is it today?
Obviously it is believed to be lost so these may not be easy questions to
The only pictures I know of the cyclorama are in Time-Life's" The
Struggle for Chattanooga", and in Battles and Leaders of the Civil War.Do
any of you know of any other pictures?I have some ideas about this
cyclorama but would appreciate your input.I have watched you all in
action and believe someone out there has some information.I too will
continue the search.Thank you for any and all help.
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- 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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