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Re: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: John Bell Hood and you thought Bragg was bad.

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  • Michael Mason
    I think a democratic government,that fights for the right to keep a third of its citizens in forced bondage isn t democratic. The Baron On 5-Dec-01,
    Message 1 of 57 , Dec 5, 2001
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      I think a democratic government,that fights for the right
      to keep a third of its citizens in forced bondage isn't
      democratic. The Baron


      On 5-Dec-01, Aurelie1999@... wrote:
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      In a message dated 12/5/01 7:10:42 AM Central Standard Time, <BR>
      dmsmith001@... writes:<BR>
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      << One was his love of the Confederacy, while the other was <BR>
      his reputation.� It's just a shame that at times, the latter was more <BR>
      important than the former. >><BR>
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      Craig L. Symonds, a Johnston biographer, makes a strong case supporting your <BR>
      conclusion.� Symonds argues that Johnston and Davis were far apart in <BR>
      strategic thinking especially in where and how to concentrate Confederate <BR>
      efforts and armies.� Johnston's problem, however, was that he decided to <BR>
      fight Davis head-on rather than work with him.� Johnston was unable to <BR>
      recognize that right or wrong, Davis was the civilian authority and the man <BR>
      in charge. <BR>
      <BR>
      A democratic form of government is dependent on the military being submissive <BR>
      to the civilian authority. In this case it was incumbent on Johnston to <BR>
      adjust both his actions and point of view, as Lee did, to Davis. After all <BR>
      success was the goal, not flexing his prerogatives or gaining solace for his <BR>
      hurt feelings. <BR>
      <BR>
      McClellan also refused to communicate effectively with his <BR>
      commander-in-chief. He allowed the glitter of his own fame and inflated ego <BR>
      to blind him to the reality of who was in charge. Neither Johnston nor <BR>
      McClellan grasped what Lee and Grant did -- the president was calling the <BR>
      shots. For that reason both made poor generals in a democracy and neutralized <BR>
      their own talent on the field because of it. Douglas MacArthur was another <BR>
      who could not sublimate his military ego to the civilian authority.<BR>
      <BR>
      Connie<BR>
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    • carlw4514
      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
      Message 57 of 57 , Dec 6, 2001
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        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)
        Carl
        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:

        > Carl,
        > That cavalry force that was approaching <there has been some
        discussion that
        > McCook's boys were not even aware of Hood being so close> was a
        small force
        > and if Hood dispatched a small portion of his Corp's to either deal
        with or
        > to lead them away from his planned theater of battle, there is
        excellent
        > probable cause that JEJ's plan of battle would have been successful.
        I
        > think that Hood got rattled too much when told of a cavalry force
        > approaching. Since when was cavalry going to get the best of
        infantry. <g>
        >
        > Ed Bearrs and others have the same thought as above. At least that
        was my
        > impression when we discussed this at a seminar in January 1999,
        along with
        > McMurray <who took up for Hood>, Wiley Sword, and other notables.
        >
        > Wayne
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