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Date Posted: 11:19:08 09/01/05 Thu
Author: Ron Myers
Subject: Re: Impressionistic Question(s)
In reply to: Hargis, G. 5 A-1 's message, "Impressionistic Question(s)" on 15:44:12 08/29/05 Mon

>In the coming Corinthian Conflict, are we to be the
>First U.S. Inf. (Bully Boys of the Siege train?) If so
>would we be C Company for Robinette and Cos. A & H for
>Powell? Should we lay in the hat/cap brass for these
>(Same question applies if we are to be someone else.)
>As for uniformity, Caps & Sacks or Hats & Frocks or
>Caps and Frocks.
>When accounts tell of our people resorting to "our Old
>Muskets" are they being factual or poetical?
>What should our secondary weaponry be for Siege Train
>soldiers? Rifle-muskets? Muskets? Mix and Match?
>Should not all our diving tools make the march to
>Corinth. SHOVELS AND SPADES of the "D" and split-shaft
>"V" handle would both be correct. Mattocks and picks
>would also be just the things for proving up our
>position on College Hill (or they'd be good to
>shoulder and march about without doing a lick of real
>Question for general discussion:
>When we trudged those 20 (dusty) miles down from
>Pittsburgh Landing to Corinth, Hillock had the most
>powerful military force on the American Continents.
>Why the devil didn't we walk over to Vicksburg and
>pluck it easier than pinching duds in a Gooseberry Lay?
>Amadeus Thurn, 5 A-1

Amadeus, we will be the 1st US but not sure the details at this time. We'll discuss this at the board meeting next week and have all the info for you by the end of next Friday.

As far as going the extra miles to Vicksburg, Halleck took so long traveling those twenty miles to Corinth (nearly a month) and shortly after reaching the burg he was promoted to command in Washington. After Shiloh he stripped Grant of his command then "spread the wealth" by dividing up all the troops when he went to Washington. Sherman went to Memphis, the rest were split up to guard the hundreds of miles of rail and supply lines. The forces were split to guard territory, not to concentrate. In retrospect this was a huge mistake. The forces should have been concentrated and Grant should have been put in charge to begin his campaign against Vicksburg at least 6 months before it actually happened.

Halleck was a poor general, he should have stuck to writing textbooks! ;)

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