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 Posted: Sat Sep 6th, 2008 03:21 pm
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Great points made here. Way too many outstanding discussion ideas. We could be stuck on any of them for weeks!

A few more that come to mind for me -

Halleck not following up on the successes at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson.

Halleck again, this time not following up on the opportunity presented after capturing Corinth, with the largest army the Western Theater would see during the war.

Grant and Buell not pursuing Beauregard after Shiloh. This one might be a little more iffy, but it held the promise of shortening the war in the West.

Halleck once again (I see a pattern here), this time withdrawing McClellan from the Peninsula in 1862. They had Lee's army squarely between two powerful Union armies, and the only way he can deal with the situation is if one sits still or withdraws. That's exactly what happened. Granted it was McClellan and Pope in command on the Union side, but if both armies advance simultaneously, it places Lee in a very bad spot.

20/20 hindsight is my friend. :)


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