View single post by HankC
 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2012 03:13 pm
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Yes the re-election of Lincoln was *the* turning point but what lead to it?

My position is that the most significant action in the war is:

Browns ferry at Chattanooga.

The union army of the Cumberland had marched into Georgia 2 short months earlier and were threatening to cut the south in 2. Now, that same army was hunkered down in Chattanooga and threatened by starvation and surrender.

the loss of 1/3 of the north's major armies is bad enough but it's loss would have effectively pushed this 'front' of the war all the way back to Nashville for the Spring 1864 campaign.

It doesn't take much imagination to see that the best the North could hope for in that circumstance is to be back in Chattanooga by the election of 1864 (remember in actuality it took almost all year just to get from Chattanooga to Atlanta).

Opening the cracker line through Brown’s ferry saved the army from starvation, cemented the army group being formed, preceded the rout of the confederate army and the consolidation of the US position in Tennessee and on the doorstep to the deep south…

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