- Sep 7, 2017
was Albert Sidney Johnston a better general than Robert Edward Lee?
Jeff Davis was a true friend and strong admirer of A.S. Johnston, so his assessment is hardly an unbiased evidence.Also Jefferson Davis said that the loss of Albert Sidney Johnston "was the turning point of our fate." And Jefferson Davis also said "If Sidney Johnston is not a general, we had better give up the war, for we have no general."
Which of this positions (save the last one) involved handling masses of troops close to the Army of Mississippi?Johnston was also very experienced as a general because he went to USMA and he was a general in the U.S.A. a general in the Republic of Texas and a general in the C.S.A.
Johnston is not unlike the great athlete who suffers a career-ending injury in his/her first competition. Though interesting to speculate, it is a question whose answer is impossible to ever know.
Bragg, really? He was chilling out at Pensacola at the time. You did mean Pillow, maybe?Davis also gave him subordinates that were anything but subordinate - Polk and Bragg did a Brutus on him by sashaying into neutral Kentucky without even being subtle about it like the Union was trying to be.
Bragg was indeed in Pensacola but he was transferred to Johnston's command very late in '61 - think December.Bragg, really? He was chilling out at Pensacola at the time. You did mean Pillow, maybe?
I think also that ASJ tended to overtrust his subordinates that were not always good. Unlike ANV in mid-1862 that were more like "dream team".
This resulted in an overcomplicated march orders on a way to Shiloh and a rather bizarre corps placement for the attack at Shiloh. But nobody were perfect at the beginning of the war and it is in human nature to learn and improve. The question is, would be there time and space to learn with such great responsibility like that of ASJ and such little margin for error as that of Confederacy.
I think it were more like February 1862.Bragg was indeed in Pensacola but he was transferred to Johnston's command very late in '61 - think December.
Yes, I think you're right! Bragg does have enough lumps on his head without adding more... I've had to evacuate due to a forest fire so I don't have much in the way of material to consult except ye olde noggin - and it ain't what it used to be!I think it were more like February 1862.
Checking: "He left Mobile on February 27 and arrived at Jackson on March 2". From Earl Hess' "Most hated man of the Confederacy".
That exonerates him from any guilt for Kentucky-1861 invasion. When was it, in September?
I just mean, there are lots of reasons to bludgeon good ol' Bragg and there is no need in adding new ones to this list
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