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 Posted: Fri May 10th, 2013 06:15 pm
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Of course things would have been different. Things would have been different if Grant were moved east June 20, 1863 and assumed command of the Army of the Potomac instead of Meade. Or if Johnston had not been wounded at Seven Pines and replaced by Lee. The question to me isn't would they have been different but how different would they have been.

It's one of the things we'll never know, how Jackson would have preformed had he lived. Let's assume Jackson's life remained the same up until May 10, 1863 and then on May 10th Jackson somehow survived. Would we be talking about the same Thomas J. Jackson from May 11, 1863 to June 23, 1865 (yeah, I'm picking the day after Jackson died to the day Stand Waite surrendered for my date range) as from the start of the war to his death? Or would Jackson have been different because of the friendly fire incident and the loss of his arm? Would he have been more aggressive to the point of ignoring what he himself had once said was the reasons for his success. According to Encyclopedia of the American Civil War Jackson said the reasons were:

Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy, if possible; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have the strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, becomes panic-stricken, and can then be destroyed by half their number. The other rule is, never fight against heavy odds, if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl you own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it. Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated victory will make it invincible.

If Jackson became so aggressive that he ignored his own advice for success would he have ended up more likely to loose because he had become too aggressive.

The inverse is also something to consider, Jackson was so rattled by his injuries that he became more timid in his actions. This timidness resulting in his not moving his troops fast enough or even pulling out when things got a little to hot.

There doesn't seem to be anything to suggest either of these would have been the case and and you look at what Dr. McGuire said of his last words it would seem the old Stonewall was still there even just before his death. But we don't know how, or even if, his injuries would have affected him had he survived. Which means we don't know what his actions would have been.

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