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 Posted: Sun Jan 7th, 2007 03:55 am
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The way I read it, Beauregard became convinced that they had lost the element of surprise with all the delays and brushes with Yankee pickets, scouts and such. How was he to know that their reports never got back or, when they did, were tossed off cavalierly? On the 6th and 7th he apparently did a good job of directing those troops he could locate. In between, he inexplicably called off that second effort that might have forced a retreat of Grant's army.

That's what bugs me about Beauregard. There's nothing consistent about him. Today he's brilliant, tomorrow he drops the ball. Today he usurps command and tomorrow he ducks it. Most everybody else can be put in a pigeon-hole. With him, I can't figure out which.

Ole

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