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 Posted: Sun Aug 17th, 2008 06:18 am
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You might want to take a look at my Tennessee River campaign chapter at -- scroll down, right sidebar -- for I go through all the campaigns in the Miss. Valley Especially read Karl Marx's evaluation -- he nails it on the head. Most also evaluate the army campaigns alone, but I think Anna Ella Carroll's analysis of how cutting the Memphis and Charleston RR would have flanked most remaining positions north on the Miss. shows you can't separate the victories of the two services.

To my mind, the interplay between E & W mostly had to do with "what ifs" in terms of reinforcements. As Bonekemper points out in his book on Grant and Lee, if Lee had detached and sent Longstreet to aid Johnston, Sherman may not have been able to take Atlanta in time to affect the November '64 election. If Stanton had not brought Hooker's Corps west at Chattanooga, TN might not have been able to be finally secured.


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