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 Posted: Thu Jun 7th, 2007 06:28 am
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Doing some cross-referencing tonight (er, make that this morning) and ran across some observations of Johnston I thought might be worth sharing:

"Extremely conscious of his reputation, he dreaded taking risks.  One contemporary tells of the time Wade Hampton III, perhaps the wealthiest plantation owner in the South, invited Johnston to a hunting party: 'He was a capital shot, better than Wade or I, but with Colonel Johnston....the bird flew too high or too low, the dogs were too far or too near.  Things never did suit exactly.  He was too fussy, too hard to please, too cautious, too much afraid to miss and risk his fine reputation for being a great shot.'  Hampton and the others shot away, bringing down bird after bird.  Johnston never shot at all.  Explains one historian: 'If he did not fight, at least he could not lose, and to get him to fight or to make a movement that might prove unpopular, it appeared that first he had to be absolved of responsibility for the consequences.  It was a shame, for Johnston possessed as much tactical skill as any general in the Confederacy.' "

(George Walsh, "Damage Them All You Can")

Last edited on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 06:30 am by JoanieReb

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