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 Posted: Mon Mar 31st, 2008 01:13 am
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You've heard of the satirical "Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel"?*  Sung by the Federal soldiers, it pokes fun at six Union generals who never made it to Richmond.  Caution and withdrawal seemed to be their style, especially McClellan.

I've come to believe that the Committee on the Conduct of the War had a direct influence on the way the Army of the Potomac was led.  The political pressure on the generals must have been enormous.  Their chief goal was to avoid being defeated.

The Committee knew little and cared less about the Western Theater.  Halleck, Grant, Thomas, they all felt much freer to operate according to good military principles.  They got better results too.  Of course, you have also to consider their Confederate opponents - Pillow, Pemberton, Bragg, and JE Johnston - in evaluating the success of the Union generals.

* Especially during rush hour.  :=))  Widow

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