Schofield at Wilson's Creek
- Schofield IS the guy who "borders on insubordination" in his
insistence that the army withdraw from the Springfield area, in a
council of war preceding the battle, but the author does not give
details about why he would say this. Schofield otherwise keeps popping
up in the story in sort of bit parts. He was outranked by Lyon,
Sigel, and Sturgis.
At the battle itself, he encourages a temporarily discouraged
(and slightly wounded) Lyon to continue the fight. During the retreat,
he is clearly one of the competent officers who holds it together.
BTW, Sturgis took over after Lyon is killed, but relinquished command
once Sigel (who outranks him) reappears. Sigel immediately drives
everyone crazy by endangering the army with stupid constant halts,
basically maintaining a lackadaisical pace. On the third day, the
officers basically staged a mutiny, putting Sturgis back in command.
Sigel is told his commission is not properly authorized, and he is
cowed by the opposition of nearly every other officer to his remaining
in command, one holdout being told by Sturgis he would be shot if
necessary! Is it unbelievable that the Rebs are not pursuing during
this ridiculous situation or not?!?!