Rosecrans at Chickamauga
From the Chickamauga battlefield, Bragg wouldn't have even needed to
cross the Tennesse. He would have to get around or over Missionary
Ridge and cross the South Chickamauga, which was fordable in several
places. He also had to contend with Granger's three brigades around
Rossville. Having Forrest on his right flank, however, could have
been tremendously useful, in this scenario.
So I would say that Bragg had another shot at trying to cut Rosecrans
off from his lines of supply, if he refrained from attacking at
Chickamauga and moved to his right.
Date: Wed Aug 1, 2001 8:11 am
Subject: Re: help for Rosecrans from other departments
I find it very interesting that one whole year later (after the
Chattanooga fiasco and the grevious losses in the Atlanta campaign),
Hood somehow managed to have a pontoon train with him and very easily
outflanked Schofield out of Columbia by crossing the Duck River, even
though Schofield had the "interior line"!! So my question is: Was it
really so inconceivable for Bragg to have tried this at Chattanooga?
And if we take it as a fact that Bragg DID NOT have pontoons (which I
admit I don't know), then why couldn't HE have devised other means for
crossing the Tennessee River. Afterall, didn't Union troops cross the
river seemingly at will with no bridge (i.e., when Rosecrans forced
Bragg out of Chattanooga in the first place, and later at Brown's
Ferry, and again when Sherman's force crossed over).
- 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.