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Tango0108 Jan 2019 3:26 p.m. PST

…of the Civil War

"Southern newspapers hurled these sentiments at Confederate General John C. Pemberton after he surrendered the fortress of Vicksburg—the key to controlling the Mississippi River during the Civil War. But were they justified in their accusations?

Today I'm talking with Dr. Samuel Mitcham, author of Vicksburg: The Bloody Siege that Turned the Tide of the Civil War. He argues that these newspapers—and history itself—have wrongly marred Pemberton's legacy.

Some of the myths he argues against are that Pemberton's indecisiveness delayed the aid Vicksburg needed, when in fact he had been urgently requesting reinforcements, stationed nearby, but his commanding general repeatedly ignored him due to a petty grudge…."
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Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 12:12 p.m. PST

It was to be expected that any unsuccessful general in the Civil War would be subject to the wrath of the press. The fact that Pemberton was from Pennsylvania only made things worse for him.

As for blame, there was plenty to go around among the Confederate commanders in that theater of war. A whole library of books has been written on the subject.

Tango0109 Jan 2019 12:46 p.m. PST



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