- Aug 3, 2019
As a guy who has recently defended Meade for not more aggressively going after Lee following Gettysburg, I felt a duty to come to Rosey's defense - and that of Mendenhall and the Redlegs who would have had to pull their toys through that muck.The point is that if Bragg’s dispirited veterans could make it to Shelbyville, the fresh troops from Lebanon & the Nashville garrison could have as well. Because Bragg had ordered no rally point, the bulk of the army retreated south of Shelbyville. The Elk River was raising as well. Elements of the A of TN could have been overcome in detail, pinned against the Elk. Shelbyville, the key to southern Middle TN was there for the taking. It was only after it became clear that Rosecrsns had stopped short, ten miles away, that Bragg ordered his army to about face & reoccupy Shelbyville.