|View single post by martymtg|
|Posted: Sat Sep 6th, 2008 04:29 pm||
|As far as supbordinates who had major beefs, how about Elon John Farnsworth?
His 300 cavlary was ordered against entrenched Confederate infantry on day 3.
He said to his commanding officer, "Are you out of your f'n mind?"
May not be an exact quote but I think that was the gist of it.
He led the charge under protest, his unit was butchered, and he didn't live to complain about it, but I'd say he had a bone to pick. Anyone who knows the name of the commanding officer please help me out here.
A week or so ago, you explained that the logistics of Lee's being able to disengage after Day 2 and head to Washington, made such a move a lot easier said than done. So, given that, what do you think he should have done Day 3?
The Union flanks had been reinforced through out the night, so I don't know if it would make much sense to expend more manpower against them. If you can't roll the flanks, and you can't just pick up and march on Washington due to lagging supplies, etc.... what's left?
This almost makes it sound as if trying to break the Union center was maybe the best of very limited options, right? He can't very well head north for the same reasons that he can't march south. Should he have sent more than just the 12,000 or so that came so close to breaking thru?
Like to hear your thoughts on this.