Re: [civilwarwest] Bragg at Chickamauga
- It all comes down to Bragg's stubborn determination to not change his plans, and also his fault of not being able to change a plan when something went wrong.
- IIRC, the road of which you speak was not a factor in the USA line of
communication with Chattanooga. There are 2 roads leading from the USA
position back over Missionary Ridge and then to Rossville and
However, the road of which you speak was used by Granger to forward
his 'reserve' corps to Thomas, probably saving Thomas' corps from
I read my first Woodworth book last year. His is the freshest
voice on the scene in a number of years, breathing new life into old
subjects and investigating new ones. He packs a lot of thought into
rather slim and easy-to-read volumes.
--- In civilwarwest@y..., "hartshje" <Hartshje@a...> wrote:
> I would be very interested to know the group's opinions on this
> Since Bragg seemed to be so intent on driving in the Union
> left at Chickamauga trying to cut Rosecrans off from Chattanooga,
> why, after the battle started up, didn't he march one of his corps
> further north and then west to seize the unprotected portion of the
> Lafayette Road south of Rossville while still keeping up the
> on Thomas' line? It sure look to me like they had a clear shot at
> There was quite a gap between Thomas and Steadman.
> Joe H.
- --- In civilwarwest@y..., "hank9174" <clarkc@m...> wrote:
> IIRC, the road of which you speak was not a factor in the USA lineBoth are excellent points Hank. If enough Confederate troops had
> of communication with Chattanooga. There are 2 roads leading from
> the USA position back over Missionary Ridge and then to Rossville
> and Chattanooga.
> However, the road of which you speak was used by Granger to forward
> his 'reserve' corps to Thomas, probably saving Thomas' corps from
> being routed.
been diverted to take Rossville Gap and get in the AotC's rear, then
they probably wouldn't have had the strength to defeat (rout)
Rosecrans at Chickamauga, in which case he would be able to retreat
using the other roads through McFarland Gap. Also it would have been
very difficult to force Rossville Gap if Steadman was still there
with his whole force of about 7,000 men. On the other hand, if
Steadman had been kept from coming to the rescue by a solid force
holding the Lafayette Road, I don't see how Thomas could have escaped
with any organized force.
- --- In civilwarwest@y..., LWhite64@a... wrote:
> It all comes down to Bragg's stubborn determination to not changeAt the risk of rampant me-tooism, Lee is absolutely correct, IMO.
> his plans, and also his fault of not being able to change a plan
> when something went wrong.
Villa Hills, KY
- In a message dated 1/30/2006 8:45:19 AM Mountain Standard Time, csa_rebel_rob@... writes:IIRC, did not Rosecrans also move a federal unit to cover what he thought was a gap in his lines when there really wasn't one. He just didn't see the troops there.I belive this may have helped Longstreet's breakthrough.Yes Rosecrans was moving men around, and happened to create a real gap trying to plug a gap that did not exist. Longstreet happened to attack at the right moment, catching the Union moving and made a breakthrough.