It's interesting, a strategic retreat sounds like something JJ would do. Did Bragg mess up in Kentucky?Johnson was wounded at Seven Pines. Never had a field command until Dalton, winter of 63-64. It was a little late to turn things around by the spring of 64. Especially when the President thought you were disloyal and his personal advisor, Bragg, had every intention of undermining you. Longstreet favored Johnson’s military philosophy of fighting on the Defensive. Using offensive movements when you had an advantage. That would of probably worked in 62 and 63.
Bragg’s organizational skills and discipline didn’t create military success. Wasn’t all his fault. Davis protected him because he was loyal. Also protected Polk because he was loyal. Tickles me because Bragg retreated from KY, lost a military advantage at Stones River and retreated, got maneuvered out of Tullahoma and ultimately left Chattanooga in fear of being Sieged. Bragg did a lot of Backing Up.
By this time his subordinates weren’t obeying him. Had no confidence in him. Bragg’s plans failed for many reasons in the run up to Chickamauga. He lost his side of the Battle at Chickamauga. The Right portion of the AOT got whooped. Charged continuous into fortified positions on the 20th. Longstreet ignored Bragg’s orders, and with some luck, occasionally winners get lucky, turned the Federal right flank.
Then the finality of Bragg’s field command. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge. After his only military Victory. He demoralized his Army. Split his Army during a crucial time. Had a huge geographic advantage, which he wasted. Sat for months and didn’t fortify positions. Never thought he would be attacked. Debacle at Missionary Ridge was like no other.
It's interesting, a strategic retreat sounds like something JJ would do. Did Bragg mess up in Kentucky?
Interesting, I always thought JJ was the superior general, but maybe not.
He didn't quite get the opportunity to execute his officer corps, but Bragg was known to have shot rank and file deserters; something that probably had the opposite effect among the men at large.Maybe Bragg should have shot Hardee, Polk, Hindman and Hill--pour encourager les autres
"Interesting that both Johnston and Bragg were well known to have certain flaws in their personalities. Bragg, more famously, was irritable and difficult to get along with, whereas Johnston had an over rated sense of ego."Interesting that both Johnston and Bragg were well known to have certain flaws in their personalities. Bragg, more famously, was irritable and difficult to get along with, whereas Johnston had an over rated sense of ego. In Bragg's case, Davis was one of the few people who didn't mind that aspect of Bragg's character; but Johnston rubbed Davis the wrong way early on with his petulant whining about his lower ranking among the original full generals.
That's a good point man.Marshal skill at controlling an army would involve much more than attack or defend. It means logistical supply, troop movement, ability to coordinate those movements, whether they be lateral, forward or reverse. Johnston had more control I believe, by far.