- Aug 30, 2019
Right, I get the counterfactual, but, again, ur the first person to ever make the claim that Bragg's decision was the key to Shiloh? Could you point me to sources they lay this burden on Bragg. I've studied Bragg for 30 yrs, and seen him accused of just about everything, but never this. That's my point, not that he didn't make tactical blunders from time to time. Who said Bragg said it was not needed? When did he say it? How was this exchange documented, and how many and which scholars agree that Bragg's role was key to not winning Shiloh on day one?The Confederate assault on the Sunken road was a critical turning point in the attack. The local commander specifically asked Bragg for artillery support. He denied it as being unnecessary. Had he granted the artillery support when requested, the entire battle could have been sped up. Grant's entire position could have been eliminated. His army could have been forced into submission. There very well could have been no second day and a total victory for the Confederate battle.