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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2007 12:45 am
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 One additional factor  may have mitigated against Thomas's ever reaching the star status of Lee and Jackson, Grant, and Sherman. It might be that so much of what Thomas did was in the Western theater of operations. For wrong or right, it just seems as if the Eastern theater was the more prestigious place to be. The generals there had more publicity, better press---to put it in modern terms while those in the Western theater labored in relative obscurity compared to their brothers back East.

Both capitals  were in the East; both commanders-in-chief.  Protecting the capitals took priority. The "stars" fought in that arena. Even no less a star than Albert Sydney Johnston who should have had a chance to do remarkable things in the Western theater was hampered by Davis's preoccupation with the East and Virginia together with his reluctance to send ASJ reinforcements from the East and badly needed armaments. That he achieved as much as he did under the circumstances before his untimely death is a tribute to his abilities.

My comments might just reflect my own personal view that Western operations and the trans-Mississippi too often take a back seat to the more "glamorous" Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac.


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