Re: [civilwarwest] John Bell Hood and you thought Bragg was bad.
- In a message dated 11/30/01 10:38:03 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Oh yes, certainly. But Hood was still one of the better Generals of the
war, whether one wants to acknowledge that or not. He was perhaps Lee's best
Brigadier, it was he who won the only victory for the Confederacy in the
Seven Days. He was an excellent division commander, and was a pretty fine
corps commander as well, but was not suited for overall command of an army.
>>My case in point to my last post as to Hood not being a pretty fine corps
commander, I submit the following pertaining to his actions at Cassville.
I think the situation at Cassville was that Johnston had the AOT fairly
concentrated (compared to Sherman, who was pretty spread out). JEJ wanted
create a trap to draw Schofield into an attack on Polk's corps, while Hood
waited in the wings to fall on Schofield's flank. Part of the deception
involved sending Hardee west to confront the advances of McPherson and
Thomas' main body, while leaving the Bishop's corps sitting just north of
Cassville. Hood's corps was to remain off Polk's right flank, and wheel
around to strike Schofield's detached army from the east.
Sherman took the bait, and divided his force at Adairsville. But Hood was
spooked by the almost inadvertent presence of Union cavalry (McCook's). Hood
had been given very specific instructions, including a caution not to make
the span of his wheeling march too wide. But when Hood encountered Yankee
cavalry, he seems to have forgotten his orders, and instead turned to engage
the mounted threat.
After the war, Hood pretty much denied he had been ordered to ambush
Schofield at Cassville. After JEJ's careful plan had unraveled, he withdrew
his army to higher ground. Seeds of another controversy were planted that
night, when a late meeting between JEJ and his three corps commanders
resulted in Polk and Hood reporting that they could not hold their positions
(something else Hood denied after the war). The result was the retreat to
Cassville was definitely an opportunity squandered.
- One of the functions of cavalry is gathering intelligence on the
position of the enemy. McCook must have accomplished this at least.
Did this not put the attack in jeoparday? (I'm asking, I don't know)
PS: ngeorgia.com doesnt seem to have much on Cassville, and unless I
am greatly mistaken you are a contributor there. Of course, it was the
battle that never happened. Am I missing what they have on it?
--- In civilwarwest@y..., FLYNSWEDE@A... wrote:
> That cavalry force that was approaching <there has been some
> McCook's boys were not even aware of Hood being so close> was a
> and if Hood dispatched a small portion of his Corp's to either deal
> to lead them away from his planned theater of battle, there is
> probable cause that JEJ's plan of battle would have been successful.
> think that Hood got rattled too much when told of a cavalry force
> approaching. Since when was cavalry going to get the best of
> Ed Bearrs and others have the same thought as above. At least that
> impression when we discussed this at a seminar in January 1999,
> McMurray <who took up for Hood>, Wiley Sword, and other notables.