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"Greatest Charges of the Civil War" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2018 3:49 p.m. PST

"The manner in which Civil War soldiers fought seems foolish today. Advancing in large, tight formations toward well-fortified positions appears suicidal. Civil War soldiers were not stupid. They had no wish to die—they were using the modern tactics of the times. Advancing in tight ranks and delivering overwhelming, concentrated small arms fire against your enemy was an essential part of fighting the Civil War…"
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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Oct 2018 7:06 p.m. PST

An interesting article. The tactics used in the Civil War were perfectly appropriate for the weaponry of the times and when used wisely could succeed. Attacks did fail sometimes, but that is not necessarily the fault of the tactical system. A poorly conceived or poorly executed attack SHOULD fail.

Trajanus07 Oct 2018 2:41 a.m. PST

Quality Article, as usual from that source.

donlowry07 Oct 2018 9:22 a.m. PST

An important one not mentioned in the article is Thomas's assault of Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga.

As for linear tactics, etc., it was needed in order to keep the units under the control of the officers, although the example I just cited shows that sometimes that wasn't necessary.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2018 3:19 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friends!. (smile)


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