Re: Six Armies....
Here's two points that I can recall 'ol Pete defying Bragg's orders:
1. Longstreet was insistent on pulling troops back from the river.
Even Law, the brigade CO at the point of contact, returning from
furlough, was appalled to find his men withdrawn. After USA troops
came ashore at Brown's Ferry, Bragg ordered Longstreet to use his
entire force to retake the landing. Longstreet used one brigade in
what became the battle of Wauhatchie.
2. For whatever reason, Longstreet felt that the USA push from
Bridgeport was going southeast into the mountains(?). Bragg allowed
Longstreet to sidle a couple of brigades south along the mountain to
meet this 'threat'. Bragg also ordered a reconnaisance in force
towards Bridgeport to see what Hooker really was up to. Longstreet did
not reconn. The first he knew of Hooker's advance was when Geary
marched unmolested across his front into a strong position.
Should Bragg have allowed Longstreet to indulge in his fantasy of
H00ker's whereabouts? Probably not. Should Longstreet have followed
orders? Probably so...
--- In civilwarwest@y..., "dmsmith001" <dmsmith001@y...> wrote:
> --- In civilwarwest@y..., "hank9174" <clarkc@m...> wrote:
> > Again, Woodworth points out that Bragg was thwarted by Hardee and
> > Polk during the Tullahoma campaign, <someone> prior to Chickamauga
> > when Rosecrans dangled a division at McLemores Cove, Polk again at
> > Chickamauga and Longstreet at Chattanooga on the left at Brown's
> > Ferry and Wauhatchie.
> I simply wish that Woodworth would have tried to gather an
> understanding of how and why these subordinates didn't work well
> You've worked with people like Bragg - it's always someone else's
> fault - never his.
> Tis one of the easy outs for looking at a particular campaign, that
> one can always justify anything in the short term.
> > In all of the above cases, Bragg had opportunities to whack a
> > goodly portion of the AotC; in Longstreet's case, the whole army.
> Longstreet a chance to wreck the whole army, and thwarted Bragg's
> plans? Where and when?
> > Whatever these men's feelings toward Bragg, they pretty much
> > direct orders in these situations.
> Let's deal with Longstreet for a moment. What orders did he defy?
> Dave Smith
> Villa Hills, Ky