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 Posted: Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 08:06 pm
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David White

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Location: Texas USA
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Don't forget that if Mansfield is lost, Steele makes it to Shreveport unopposed and he's no Sherman either but you have his force and Banks to wreak havoc in Texas.  Of course A.J. Smith's Corps would have been sent back to Sherman from Banks' army for the Georgia Campaign but this would have left Texas open to an unopposed invasion for much of 1864 and even though a smaller force would have been employed, they would have had half of 1864 to do it.  As it was, the March to the Sea damage was done in basically two months.  So even though Banks would have had a third of the men, he would have had about four times the time to do it with (May-December).

As to Lightzner, sure its a politicians perogative to change his mind.  Doesn't mean I have to like his change and don't get to scratch my head about when the standard applies and when it doesn't.  We asked for a solicitation of the members to help with the defense but he refused since we didn't have land to buy.  In his defense, he has decided it is a lost cause, pardon the pun.  I'm starting to agree with him on that as well.  I mean if we can't convince Civil War enthusiats like you that Mansfield is worth saving then how do we convince people who have never heard of it.   Lightzner tried to meet with Swepco at their invitation.  They left him cooling his heels in the lobby for a great length of time then sent a flunky down to speak to him in BS terms.  He left the meeting and said there was no working with a group like that.  He's right they will only react to hardball--sort of like it's going to be with Iran.  Still I don't think all has been done that should  have been tried.  I just want to throw the first fastball and stop playing softball with these jerks, becasue every day they destroy more of the battlefield and probably dig up the graves of Union soldiers.


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