Custer Victorious! Oct 27, 2011 14:08:54 GMT -5
Post by strange on Oct 27, 2011 14:08:54 GMT -5
Oct 27, 2011 13:29:43 GMT -5 @brittles said:Hooker was a fine corps commander. Lee out of position at Chancellorsville, and then halted in place. I think there is something to the cannonball story, but I am just not completely clear on the fine details. Corps commander, yes. Army commander, no.
It is hard to judge the relative value of any commander when one has everything going for him in terms of support, and the other depends on every dwindling resource and the imperative to cover what remains no matter the cost. Despite what I have previously said about Grant, I think he one the war with one seemingly meaningless, but mighty gesture, turning right toward Spotsylvania, rather than left toward Fredricksburg following a thumping in the Wilderness. The end of the war became a foregone conclusion that day.
When a commander approves a plan, even one suggested, even fought for by a subordinate, the plan becomes his own.
Rosecrans, I just don't know.
A southern friend of mine says that he thinks the cannonball might have actually knocked some sense into him!
There's also a general in here who apparently let Hooker down at Chancelorsville. I think his last name was Revere, or he had the last name of someone from the American revolution and was apparently related to them and had a lot of aristocratic cloat (looked it up, it is General Joseph Revere, grandson of Paul Revere). I'd like Conzy to poke his head in on this because i think we've discussed retreating vs regrouping vs falling back, etc, and this is a prime example of where this subject really became hotly discussed and almost got someone court martialed.