Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This Day in the History of Correcting Big Mistakes Way Too Late
Joseph E. Johnston was a largely overshadowed and entirely underrated Civil War General. He was light years ahead of his counterparts in the North on static defense and defensive maneuvering. He was faced with armies that outnumbered him in Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery and supplies, but was always able to position his men in the best possible defense in battle.
I always drew a parallel between the Confederacy and the German Army in WWII. Both were completely outnumbered and outproduced economically, but held on much, much longer because of their superior generals and superior fighting men (at least in the beginning of each conflict).