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General Stoneman At Chancellorsville

Discussion in 'The Eastern Theater' started by James_tiberous, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. James_tiberous

    James_tiberous Corporal

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    Wow! What happened with his raid? I've always loved the song The Nght They Drove Old Dixie Down, with its mention of Stoneman in, and I live really close to where Stoneman lived, so I see markers about him, but never knew what a major failure he was in this battle. It's like he just rode off the field and disappeared! As such the Union cavalry could not see Stonewall coming on the flank because it was off on this mission to nowhere. That may. Not have been his fault, but why didn't he cut the railroad in anything like a serious manner?

    Hooker had a decent plan, I. Suppose, but he was really failed by his cavalry. Should have just st kept it with him but I like the daring move, just wish it could have been carried out better
     

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    I wouldn't say Hooker was failed by his cavalry, since he was the one who sent Stoneman on his mission. Every military man at the time appreciated the importance of cavalry to an army on the offensive.

    There seem to have been two conflicting ideas; one, that the cavalry raid on Lee's supply lines would by itself force the Confederates to retreat, and two, to catch and crush Lee's army in place by the flanking move, one of the best maneuvers of the war IMO. The chance of decisively defeating Lee depended on his army staying where it was, ideally not put into any particular state of alert by any Federal activity until it was too late.
     
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    Just as an FYI: the Stoneman Raid mentioned in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is not the Stoneman Raid in the Chancellorsville Campaign. Rather, it is the six week long raid by Stoneman and his command through Virginia and North Carolina in the spring of 1865. If that raid is of interest, you cannot possibly do better than this book: https://www.amazon.com/Stonemans-Ra...id=1490039283&sr=1-1&keywords=stoneman's+raid
     
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    Sorry, Adam. :smile:
     
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    Such a terrible hardship! At least it will keep me out of trouble and from loitering mischievously on street corners whilst singing about the Jets and Sharks.
    Adam
     
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    I own the book but could not read it because the print was kind of small. Since then I have accepted that I need reading glasses and now can dig in. Admitting you need help is the first step :smile:
     
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    I hear you. It's been 10 years for me....
     
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    Love the book! Great history. Northern troopers off on their first large mission.
     
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    Glad to hear it. Enjoy!
     
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    I will not assimilate as long as I can use my arms to adjust the length of the item or book from my face to see it correctly. Made it to 44 with no reading glasses see how much longer I can go and not be annoyed.
     
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    One of the twelve steps.
     
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    Thanks. Been looking for a fresh read.
     
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    I finally surrendered to it at 46. Now I can't read much of anything smaller than 16 point type without them. :-(

    I have a jury trial coming up. I did all of my outlines in 18 point type so I can read it without needing my reading glasses in front of the jury.
     
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