GDG- skirmish line vs line of battle

CWMHTours at aol.com CWMHTours at aol.com
Wed Jan 11 10:01:41 CST 2012


Oh!   A complement!  THNX!
 
I love those!
 
;-)   !!!!
 
Your  Most Obedient Servant,
Peter  

 
In a message dated 1/11/2012 10:04:59 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
bluzdad at yahoo.com writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
OK, thanks Peter. Your input, as usual, has a  certian enlightening quality.
I appreciate it.  
Really.
K.

"Hello! I'm The Doctor."
(Dr.  Who)


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From: "CWMHTours at aol.com"  <CWMHTours at aol.com>
To: gettysburg at arthes.com 
Sent: Wednesday,  January 11, 2012 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- skirmish line vs line of  battle

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)



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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.  

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