CWDigitalDigest Hooker's Flying Column - Vol. VI, Episode 3

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In this episode, we learn about the concept of a light division or flying column that was attempted in Spring 1863 by General Hooker. Historian Andrew Roscoe shares his research to tell the tale of this aspect of the Chancellorsville campaign. Of course, we also learn how this experiment turned out! Thank you to the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition for providing the location for this episode at Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit.


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How often were "light units" used during the ACW? It made sense to have soldiers that could march fast as hell to one position or another, no?
 
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It's an interesting point that when Hooker chose to rely on the eight-day rations, he limited the time he had to win the campaign. Subsequentlly, he wasted five of those eight days by making one mistake after another, and on the eighth day, he retreated.
 

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I'll have to take a look at this when I have some time. Hooker had some interesting ideas when he took command; it's a real shame that he just couldn't follow through as an army commander.

Ryan
 
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