IronKnuckle's Ghost wrote: »
Wasn't a big chunk of ACW blunders simply down to the fact that it was the tail end of the "buy an officer commission" era? I think I recall Grant and some others being rare exceptions as officers who got to their posts on merit. Of course, politics was and remains a substantial component in any military post.
Platy wrote: »
You ever think about the people in Jack Chick tracts who go, "GOD, I just love sinning, it's so much fun"
Gundi wrote: »
More stupid Civil War battle stuff: reading about the battle of Chattanooga and one small part in particular, the Battle of Missionary Ridge. Basically, at one point the Army of Cumberland misunderstood an order from their commanding officer, General H. Thomas. Grant had ordered Thomas to use his army of a couple thousand men to push against a heavily fortified position on Missionary Hill having more defenders, artillery, and with elaborate earthen-work fortifications and an elevation advantage. Grant knew that such an attack would be futile, but he wanted to put pressure to distract confederates from Sherman's more equipped attack a few away on the same ridgeline. Well, somehow the order was misunderstood or miscommunication and the Army of Cumberland, interpreting the order as "take that hill", starting charging into the death trap. And they made it through the rifle pits. And the confederates broke and ran. And they made it over the multiple layers of ditches and mounds. And the confederates broke and ran. And they took the hillcrest, and the confederates broke and ran. Thomas and Grant had to desperately order them to stop advancing, and the Army of Cumberland purportedly lost more men in the falling back action to defensible positions on the ridge than they had ascending and taking the fortification. Needless to say, the confederate army defending the ridge was shattered and had to make a full retreat across a nearby creek when Sherman's army of the Tennessee, which was meant to be the army that actually took Missionary Ridge, mopped up the shattered center.
If it's stupid and it works...
Gundi wrote: »
He was actualy Arthur MacArthur Jr., which implies a history of [sarcasm]extremely creative[/sarcasm] family names.
Hobnail wrote: »
82% of all military catastrophes/triumphs are due to unforseen swamps and bogs
The Cow King wrote: »
The Pope's where so bad at their jobs they started a thirty years war and 8 million people died
Kayne Red Robe wrote: »
The crusades in general suck. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.