- Aug 30, 2019
Your claim that the reb's had had their artillery in position on Missionary Ridge for months is at best hyperbolic. (And what's that to do with Lookout Mtn or Lookout Valley, which was 2 miles and 2 mountains away from Bragg's headquarters?!) At best the Reb guns were "in position," or "out of position" for 6 wks, and that's a maximum. More likely it had been a few weeks at best. This notion that Bragg, commander in chief of the western army for much of this period, was to blame for poor artillery placement in a whole series of battles over a 2 yrs period is simply astonishing. He's been flogged for everything conceivable for 150 yrs, but I've never heard of this chronic artillery deficiency, and his primary role in it's occurrence, till this forum. Pretty ironic for a guy made famous in the Mexican War by Gen Taylor's nickname of "Give 'em more grape, Mr. Bragg," which Taylor said as he admired the manner with which Bragg was mowing down the charging lines of Mexican troops?!I agree wholeheartely that the duties of a CinC are many. In most cases when a battle occurs it is a spontaneous thing and the general has to assume that his subordinates have done their basic duties. Lookout Mt is a very different scenario. The Confederate position had been in place for months. There is no way that Bragg would not have noticed his artillery misplacement in that amount of time.
Last month I went on extended vacation eventually going from Augusta Ga to San Francisco. The first part of my trip I meandered through Tenn, Ky, Mo and Miss. visiting battlefields. I believe that in every single battlefield I've visited where Bragg was in charge that I've come across some reference to his failure to properly use his artillery.