TWO GREAT REBEL ARMIES: An Essay in Confederate Military History
Except for river expeditions supporting the army (not to mention the Navy’s capture of New Orleans, which in the fog of newspaper history went to the Army) and a few coastal attacks on Confederate positions, there wasn’t much to write about and when there was, there was no way to get the copy off the ship until it might be visited by a mail boat or put into port.
Richard Mc Murry compares the two largest Confederate armies, ..
An entirely competent comparative study of the strategy, tactics, and generalship of the two mightiest Confederate hosts--the Army of Tennessee and the Army of Northern Virginia--together with an account of the melâ€šes concerning their fates. A biographer of the Rebel general, John Bell Hood, McMurry upholds the standard of the Army of Northern Virginia and of its leader, Robert E. Lee. McMurry had intended to describe only the Atlanta campaign of 1864, but he found himself forced backward in time to account for it fully. He ended, moreover, caught up in the historiographical straggle surrounding Lee's personality--a personality driven, according to arch-inconoclast Thomas Connelly, by fear of failure and riddled with self-doubt, both of which caused Lee to advocate murderous offensive tactics and fatally to neglect grand strategy--and which later led to neglect of the vaster and more crucial western war and to overconcentration on Virginia. Without throwing all of Connelly's (and others') arguments over the side, McMurry plumps for Lee. He shows the Army of Tennessee to have been led by all-but-criminal incompetents who lost nearly every time, even when, in contrast to Lee, they usually outnumbered their foes. Taking into account the full range of recent scholarship touching these matters, while offering precise distillations of the hotly fought issues started up by them, McMurry's work is, on the whole, fair to all and logical in its conclusions. A blend of 90-proof Civil War erudition and industrial-strength military history, this is worth the toil of its glacial pace. McMurry has done well, particularly by those who want to know why the Army of Tennessee did so poorly.
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Insight: Confederate Army in the Shadows - HistoryNet
Near this moment, General Grant teamed with Rear Adm. David Dixon Porter to the principal Confederate bastion on the Mississippi River. After running past the rebel batteries on April 16, the Porter gunboats ferried the Grant soldiers across the river south of Vicksburg so that Grant could approach the city from the east. After a brief and (May 16, 1863) the Confederate Army under Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton fell back into prepared defenses around the city.
A comparison of the Confederate armies of Northern Virginia ..
The Confederate victory in the (May 2-3, 1863), again gave General Lee the initiative, and again he chose to invade the North. General Hooker quarreled with President Lincoln about how to respond to this push, and he was , who took the Army north through Maryland and into Pennsylvania. The two armies met in the . where they fought a three-day battle (July 1-3, 1863) and the total casualties on both sides probably exceeded 50,000 men.
Two Great Rebel Armies, An Essay in Confederate ..
General Grant sent his favorite subordinate, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, against one end of the Confederate line on that ridge. When that attack stalled (thanks to the defensive prowess of Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne), General Grant directed the Army of the Cumberland, led by Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, to make a demonstration against the center of the Bragg line to relieve the pressure on the Sherman forces. General Thomas’s men exceeded their orders and on their own, putting the rebel army to flight (Nov. 25, 1863). After this, General Bragg’s dispirited army retreated southward into Georgia, and soon thereafter, General Grant came to Washington to take command of all Union armies.
Confederate Army of Tennessee ..
The year 1862 ended on a sanguinary note in the West, too. In the fall, Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg (who had replaced General Beauregard) used the South’s rail system to transfer his army from Mississippi to Tennessee, then started north into Kentucky. His “invasion” was turned back at the(Oct. 8, 1862), and General Bragg withdrew to middle Tennessee. He was assailed there by a new North commander, William S. Rosecrans, in the (Murfreesboro) on the last day of 1862.