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 Posted: Sat May 5th, 2007 07:48 am
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So far as Jeff Davis was concerned, AS Johnston had the seniority and the  confidence. I doubt that under any circumstance he would have been summoned east -- there were a goodly number of Davis proteges there already. ASJ was Davis' trump card in the west. When he was killed, Davis had no fall-back except Beauregard who came up short. Next best choice was Bragg. And the rest is history.

We might consider that, if Beauregard had handled his self-granted leave a bit better and didn't irritate Davis quite so much in the weeks following Shiloh, Bo might have remained in command. We might not have had Bragg and JE Johnston in command of the AoT. What might have been if that were the case?

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