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|Posted: Tue Aug 26th, 2008 03:49 am||
The Iron Duke
|"I ponder why people think Hood should have waited and saved his army to fight another day. What was going to change and give him a better chance at victory in late fall of 1864. He has a panic army trapped against a river with a hole in the middle of it breastworks."
An army outside of breastworks is more vulnerable than one that is protected by them.
Hood had virtually no reserves of manpower to draw upon. He had to be clever.
There are always unponderables in war and Hood's subordinates saw what a hopeless and reckless attack it was. And Schofield's army was not panicking.
How many Malvern Hills, Fredericksburgs, Pickett's Charges, Kennesaw Mountains does it take before Hood learns that charging straight ahead at breastworks doesn't work?
"Hood knows if Schofield gets aways he'll be facing an opponent twice his size. His odds for victory become less likely. He knows. He needs more then victory but a victory that would get Grant and Sherman attention. Franklin seems to fit all of his needs. Why wait?"
There were still plenty of manpower at Nashville, in the Trans-Mississippi theater, and up north to deal with Hood.
"If Hood would have waited until after winter to renew his campaign his army would have melted away just like Lee's army did..."
This was not unusual during the war. Men often left during the winter and came back when the spring campaign was about to begin.
"Cleburne is here!" meant that all was well. -Daniel Harvey Hill