GDG- Dave- a Second Response
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Mon Jan 23 20:54:14 CST 2012
In more thought, at the risk of annoying everyone.
By 2nd Man Lee had the perfect instrument of war.
Just absolutely perfect.
Longstreet, the master of solid assault and massive defense.
Jackson, the master of fast Napoleonic warfare.
Had that miraculous triumvirate survived Chancallorseville, it may not
have been the battle of Gettysburg or anything else that we would recognize in
battle to this day.
Easily if Jackson had lived there just might never be any battle of
Gettysburg at all. It would still be a quiet little boring farm town like
Adamstown or Littlestown.
Jackson is the "X" factor of the war the East. Had he survived Chncvl
anything could have happened- including Northern defeat on the battlefield.
A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
In a message dated 1/23/2012 8:24:04 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
glory at zbzoom.net writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Just finished "how the south could have won the civil war", by Bevin
Alexander-Armchair General 3-2012
Saddled with leaders like Davis and Lee, who could not perceive reality,
the South's defeat was inevitable.
The crux of the article is Jackson understood that the means of war now
favored the defense as witnessed during the 7 days battles when only 1 of
Lee's 5 frontal attacks succeeded.
Rifled muskets and canister would bleed out the southern army at this rate.
Instead, Jackson encouraged offensive movement leading to a defensive
stance on ground of his choice.
He also favored aggressive northern invasion with additional plans to
destroy factories, railroads and mines.
Both Davis and Lee rejected his strategy. Davis was in favor of a more
passive policy hoping the north would tire or Britain/France would intervene.
Lee favored frontal attacks.
At second manassas, Jackson's proposals led to an opportunity to destroy
Pope's army. It may have worked if Lee would have attacked Popes left
earlier, failing to prevent retreat.
At Antietam, Jackson disagreed with Lee's goal of going to destroy the
bridge over the Susquehanna.
Instead he wanted to draw Mac to attack him north of Washington with added
goal of destroying factories etc
When battle took place at Antietam, Lee chose to fight despite little room
for maneuver. Jackson's ideals would have favored withdrawing to a more
favorable defensive position.
At Fredericksburg, Jackson proposed going south to North Anna River where
the cavalry would better be able to prevent the union army's retreat and
At Chancellorsville, Lee put Jackson's strategy in place. An end around to
cut off Hookers retreat over the Rappahannock at US Ford was foiled by
Lee invaded North again but continued his fixation on frontal attacks
during three costly days at Gettysburg.
The above are interesting points although over simplified and without
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