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 Posted: Fri Nov 25th, 2011 05:57 am
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Hellcat-

  From what I've read, General Pillow was upset because he was taking significant casualties, so he broke off the attack and had his men return to the relative safety of their trenches, much to the disgust of General Buckner. Unlike Buckner, Pillow was not a professional soldier, and in essence, he lost his nerve.

  It was clear that in the larger situation, the Confederates could not hold the fort for long. General Johnston had decided on a general retreat, so Pillow could not expect to have the siege on his position broken. It should have been clear to him that by not pressing his attack to break out, he was dooming all of his men to be lost in the end.

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