But Dave, you snipped out where I said what you, more or less,
restated in your post:
'My criticism of Bragg is pretty much just that: too often he was
distant from the *planned* point of initial contact. It is best to be
be where the fuse is lit and stifle any early confusion. A good horse
moves faster than the tide of battle.'
--- In civilwarwest@y..., "dmsmith001" <dmsmith001@y...> wrote:
> --- In civilwarwest@y..., "hank9174" <clarkc@m...> wrote:
> > Boy, Connie, there's a lot to disagree with in one post ;)
> > 'He never saw or took advantage of the opportunities' ! Actually,
> > he placed his army in positions that did take advantage of
> > opportunities.
> But Hank, you've damned your subject with faint praise.
> McClellan put his army in place to win a battle at Antietam, but
> failed to do so.
> What I would encourage you to do is look past the simple battle
> as laid out by Bragg, and look towards how he worked to solve
> repetitive problems once they cropped up.
> For example, by McLemore's Cove, if Bragg were concerned that
> Hindman, or DH Hill at Dug Gap, might not fullfil his orders, why
> he not move to Hindman to make sure his orders were carried out?
> One of my favorite things to note about Bragg is the absolute lack
> physical evidence of his presence at any of the major battles. Who
> ever heard of him visiting Polk, or Hardee, or Longstreet during a
> If you're a supervisor, and you tell people to do certain things and
> they have a history of not doing it, don't you make *sure* a future
> order is carried out? Especially if you don't have permission to
> fire those subordinates, unilaterally?
> > Other than cloning himself and being everywhere, a commander
> > depends upon his subordinates to carry out orders. (period)
> Activity helps. Personal involvement. Some interpersonal skills
> help, too.
> > I'm not sure where military objectives were impacted by minutiae,
> > outrage and disdain. However, Bragg was frequently outraged while
> > waiting for the sounds of battle that he had ordered.
> And did what?
> Dave Smith
> Villa Hills, KY