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 Posted: Thu May 5th, 2011 02:16 am
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The union assault on Missionary ridge succeeded for a few reasons.

The CSA split their forces between the top and the bottom of the ridge.

as the CSA forces at the bottom retreat, they exhaust themselves, losing command and control, and are pretty much unable to continue the fight.

also as they retreat they shield the union troops from the fire from the top. the union forces follow the retreating enemystraight to and over the top.

Sherman's assaults meet well-positioned and -lead troops. Between topography and Cleburne it's a very difficult place to attack.

I'm not sure about Sherman landing at the wrong place when crossing the river. However, it is true that he attacks the *first* hill thinking it is part of the ridge rather than separate...


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