Jackson was never put in command of an army sized command though so it would folly to think that he wouldnt have made a good army commander. is actions and success in the valley shows that he was an excellent commander of a solo force
To suggest Jackson might have been better AoNV commander than Lee is pure speculation. I think Jackson "army" in the Valley Campaign only numbered at most 17,000 men. The Army of Norther Virgina numbers' varied from 50,000 to 90,000. Jackson's Valley campaign started with a tactical defeat at Kernstown when faulty intelligence led him to believe he was attacking a small detachment. He had certain advantages in the Valley Campaign (e.g., on friendly territory and interior lines), not to mention facing pathetic incompetents like Fremont.
Last edited on Mon Oct 31st, 2011 03:16 am by BobInFla