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 Posted: Fri Aug 31st, 2007 08:17 pm
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The death of Gen Lyon alone makes the battle important to the Trans-Mississippi theater and the war as a whole.  He had shown the ability to lead his men agressively - both at Booneville and in the lead up to and battle at Wilson's Creek.  His ackowledgement that to stay on the defensive in Springfield was to court disaster and to decide to go on the offensive wins him points in my book.

His major short-coming appeared to be logistics, but I think that was the case for many of the commanders at this stage of the war.

 

BTW - am planning to be out to Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge over Labor Day.

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