GDG- skirmish line vs line of battle

Charles T. Joyce CTJoyce at spearwilderman.com
Wed Jan 11 09:03:45 CST 2012


But in this case, it doesn't appear that the bodies WERE moved in any systematic fashion (e.g., the Rose Farm corpses).

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On Jan 11, 2012, at 9:56 AM, "CWMHTours at aol.com" <CWMHTours at aol.com> wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> I would not make permanent conclusions on battle line vs.  skirmish lines 
> based on body locations.  Wounded men crawl around or are  carried.  Corpses 
> get moved around also for a variety of reasons, including  preparation for 
> burial.  Sometimes their bodies are looted.
> 
> Then the photographers move the bodies such as the  Sharpshoooter in Devils 
> Den.
> 
> I don't see how you can accurately presume a battle line or  skirmish by 
> body locations in this case.  They could have been moved many  times.
> 
> Unless they are arrayed in a specific  way, such  as the Yanks at Brawners 
> Farm,m you really can't make assumptions based on body  arrangements.
> 
> Your  Most Obedient Servant,
> Peter  
> 
> 
> In a message dated 1/11/2012 9:38:08 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
> bluzdad at yahoo.com writes:
> 
> Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
> OK, I understood the principle, a little dim on the  mechanics but both 
> explanations cannot fail to help achieve a greater  understanding. Now, In 
> (both)you're considered opinion, are the bodies in the  "Harvest of Death" (HoD, 
> for future ref) more likely indicative of a line of  battle, or a skirmish 
> line? the spacing between the bodies may not prove  anything, but does it 
> disprove anything?
> 
> Thanks for jumping in.  Don't jump out now, I sense a  breakthrough.
> 
> K.
> 
> "Hello! I'm The Doctor."
> (Dr.  Who)
> 
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> From:  "CWMHTours at aol.com" <CWMHTours at aol.com>
> Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:
> Gary-
> 
> In your excellent description you do omit the  principle of the  two....
> 
> There are two different  purposes.
> 
> In a line of battle the intention is to heavily engage  and  assault the 
> enemy with all the forces you can bring to  bear.  You are  committing all 
> the 
> forces that you can bring to  bear with a face-to-face  confrontation at 
> close 
> quarters. in order  to achieve victory.
> 
> Whereas.... a skirmish line is meant for the  skirmishers to  not 
> excessively risk themselves when possible but to  perhaps take advantage  
> of defensive 
> advantages to protect themselves  while engaging the enemy.  The 
> skirmishers' goal is not to overwhelm  the enemy forces but to harrass,  
> slow down, or 
> even stop the  progress of the enemy.  A skirmisher,  even when spaced some 
> 10  ft apart from the others can take advantage of such  things as trees 
> and  
> rocks.
> 
> A line of battle is simply out there to assault and  accept  loses as part 
> of the cost.
> 
> That is the big difference  and it hasn't been mentioned much  in the GDG.
> 
> It's about time I  fixed this problem.
> 
> ;-)  !!!
> 
> Your  Most Obedient  Servant,
> Peter
> 
> 
> 
> In a message dated 1/10/2012 11:31:15 P.M.  Eastern Standard Time,  
> durangoks at hotmail.com  writes:
> 
> Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
> 
> In a skrimish  line the soldiers are 10 feet to  10 yards apart.  In a line 
> of  battle soldiers are lined up almost  shoulder to shoulder.  That  said, 
> not every soldier in a line is killed.  so just because there  is spacing 
> between the men does not prove anything.  
> 
> Gary  McGinnis                   
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