GDG- Sickles...Wudna, Cudda, Shudda.
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Tue Jan 24 13:40:07 CST 2012
I am 100% convinced that if Sickles had taken the axis II Cps - LRT that
there would have been no crisis on Day 2. His III C. 2 divs should have
been more than sufficient to handle any attack by the Hood or McLaws.
Meade was given a free hand by Lincoln. Remove any officers he wanted,
promote any officers he wanted, (Hey! No one's addressing my ?s about Merritt,
Farnsworth & Custer. THNX guys.)
If I wuz Meade after the 2nd Day I wudda stood one-legged Sickles against
a tree, pulled out my .44 Colt and shot him in the head.
Just my opinion and I get feedback from people that I am too easy and
compassionate in my views.
A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
In a message dated 1/24/2012 2:01:25 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
cameron2 at optimum.net writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
<< In a roundabout way, wasn't Sickles right in "discovering" the ANV
Granted, he didn't run into any of Longstreet's units, but as a result of
the actions against Wilcox's men, he did find out that the ANV was
intending to move a large force to attack his flank (which was eventually the case
later in the day), but the manner in which he went about it is subject to
debate (that he didn't discover Longstreet's movement but instead Wilcox's
brigade), but I think the final conclusion of his (not the move), that a
large force of the enemy was moving south to flank his line / ergo: the AOP is
a valid conclusion. >>
Considering where Wilcox's force was encountered, I'm not at all sure this
did equate to discovering any particular intent to move a large force
around his flank. Now, that of course is what ended up happening, but at the
time of the Pitzer's woods action all it necessarily signified was an
extension of the Confederate line further down along Seminary Ridge, and not
necessarily a wider flanking movement.
There's also the matter of how, had Sickles taken up his assigned sector,
instead of moving forward, the intended Confederate flanking movement
wouldn't have ended up off his flank at all.
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