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 Posted: Tue Aug 26th, 2008 03:26 pm
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Lew Wallace Lost at Shiloh...
Wallace's group had been left as reserves near Crump's Landing at a place called Stoney Lonesome to the rear of the Union line. At the appearance of the Confederates, Grant sent orders for Wallace to move his unit up to support Sherman. Wallace took a route different from the one Grant intended (claiming later that there was ambiguity to Grant's order). Wallace arrived at the end of his march to find that Sherman had been forced back and was no longer where Wallace thought he was. Moreover, the battle line had moved so far that Wallace now found himself in the rear of the advancing Southern troops. A messenger arrived with word that Grant was wondering where Wallace was and why he had not arrived at Pittsburg Landing, where the Union was making its stand. Wallace was confused. He felt sure he could viably launch an attack from where he was and hit the Confederates in the rear; after the war he claimed that his division might have attacked and defeated the Confederates if his advance had not been interrupted.[26] Nevertheless, he decided to turn his troops around and march back to Stoney Lonesome. Rather than realign his troops so that the rear guard would be in the front, Wallace chose to march the troops in a circle so that the original order was maintained, only facing in the other direction. Wallace marched back to Stoney Lonesome and then to Pittsburg Landing, arriving at Grant's position about 6:30 or 7 p.m., when the fighting was practically over. Grant was not pleased, and his endorsement of Wallace's battle report was negative enough to damage Wallace's military career severely.[27]

What you have just read is an excerpt from Wiki about Lew Wallace actions on the first day of Shiloh. For his action Gen. Halleck  and Gen. Grant used him as the scape goat for Gen. Grant's being caught with his pants down at Shiloh.  Gen. Grant destroyed a junior officer career to protect and advance his career.

Did Lew Wallace not follow Grant's order to support Sherman at Shiloh?

Did Lew Wallace not take the best route to support Sherman at Shiloh?

Did Lew Wallace do the right thing by returning to where Grant wanted him or should he have been bold and disobeyed Grant and launch an attack against the Confederate rear?

Was Lew Wallace actions at Shiloh justifying being used as a scape goat for Grant's failures at Shiloh?

Why did Halleck go along with using Lew Wallace as a scape goat?

Years Later Lew Wallace ask Grant to set the record strait about his actions at Shiloh and Grant refused. Was Grant being petty refusing to correct the record at Shiloh about Lew Wallace actions?

Off pondering Grant's character issues......







Last edited on Tue Aug 26th, 2008 06:55 pm by 5fish

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