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Friday, July 26, 2013

"If you decline to make the move, General Gordon will be put in command."

-The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies: Chapter XXXIX - Operations in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Department of the East. June 3-August 3, 1863.

 So at this point is General Keyes merely cautious or timid? . . .or should General Dix stop micromanaging from the landing? And is it a good idea to have two Major Generals operating in a raid/diversion of this size, the senior general six miles from the tactical position that he seems most concerned about?

1 comment:

  1. Date of rank means everything, even in today's military. Dix, as the most senior ranking MG he surely had little tolerance for those who made that rank well after him. Orders are orders and showing anything less than courage in the face of inferior forces is just cause for getting fired - as Keyes was here.