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In Civil War Book Enabling
Feb 08, 2021
There is some debate regarding Rodes on the 3rd. In the only other book I have read on Rodes by Collins, there is a description of the 3rd, which includes Rodes describing his orders: "were general, and the same as those of the day before, and accordingly, when the heavy cannonade indicated that another attack was made from the right wing of our army, we were on the lookout for another favorable opportunity to cooperate." Rodes' report is clear: he was not briefed on the specifics of the attack against the Federal center, and was unsure whether he was to directly cooperate, and if so, when such cooperation was expected. "When the sound of musketry was heard, it became apparent that the enemy in our front was much excited," he observed. "The favorable opportunity seemed to me close at hand." Rodes reached the rather remarkable conclusion that the time had arrived to launch his own attack. "I sent word to Lieutenant-General Ewell by Major [H. A.] Whiting, of my staff, that in a few moments I should attack, and immediately had my handful of men, under Doles, Iverson, and Ramseur, prepared for the onset," he wrote in his report, "but in less than five minutes after Major Whiting's departure, before the troops on my immediate right had made any advance or showed any preparation therefor, and just as the order forward was about to be given to my line, it was announced, and was apparent to me, that the attack had already failed." But another author writing on the topic may uncover some different material or describe it differently.
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In Civil War Pics
Longstreet Stays In The West
In Civil War "What If..."
Jan 25, 2021
In my opinion the key considerations in that scenario would be: 1. Could Longstreet resolve the command dissension in the Army of Tennessee? The AoT was a viper pit, of those wanting Bragg removed, Johnston was likely the most favored successor. Davis had also mentioned to Polk that part of the reason he sustained Bragg at this time is because he lacked confidence in Johnston, Beauregard and Longstreet. If being put in place after Chickamauga Longstreet would have been faced with potential Corps commanders like Hardee, Polk, D.H. Hill and Breckinridge. Longstreet and Hill were not best of friends, but they agreed Bragg needed to go. Longstreet was senior to the other Lieutenant Generals, Hardee and Polk, so perhaps they would have agreed to stay on. Organizing this group into a cohesive striking force though would have been a challenge for anyone up to and including R.E. Lee. Longstreet did though show some difficulty in the question of command cohesion during the Knoxville campaign, falling out with several key subordinates including McLaws, Roberston and Law following the battle. 2. Could Longstreet plan and implement and offensive operation at Chattanooga, or subsequently in the Dalton area? Longstreet's limited operations acting independently like Knoxville or the Suffolk campaign are not tremendously inspiring. Though he did demonstrate significant offensive capabilities as a subordinate commander at Chickamauga, the second day of the Wilderness and Second Manassas. But taking that next step to be the overall commander can be a big leap as demonstrated by what happened to Hooker, Burnside, Pope and others. With Grant, Sherman and Federal reinforcements pouring into Chattanooga the challenge was becoming more significant by the day. Overall it is an interesting consideration, perhaps he could have pulled it all together and been more successful than Johnston, though like all of these what-ifs it is so difficult to make a real determination.


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