Crisis in Command

During the battle of Antietam… George McClellan was concerned with prudence.  He was managing his resources carefully that day, he would not allow his army to fail.  His insistence on preventing the Army of the Potomac from being defeated cost it the chance at decisive victory.   McClellan claimed in his report of the battle that his army was outnumbered and overcame great odds to achieve a minor tactical victory.  A closer examination of the facts reveals McClellan was presented with three separate chances to strike a decisive blow against Lee between 6am- 1pm on September 17.

An indelible mark upon the battle

  • A tactical reserve?  McClellan kept the V & VI Corps of the army on the East side of the Antietam all day.  The addition of one division from either Corps could have had a devastating impact on Lee’s army, especially his weakened center and southern wing.
  • Foolish odds- Most historians now agree that McClellan withheld such a  significant portion of his army because of fear.  He feared being outnumbered (Lee was actually outnumbered 2-1).  He feared a massive Confederate counterattack routing his forces.  He feared defeat….
  • Fighting blindly- Also massed in the Union rear was nearly all of McClellan’s cavalry force.  The mounted wing was vital to Civil War armies for gathering intelligence.  The troops sent against Lee were moving blindly through the country side with nearly no tactical guidance.  Cavalry could have located fords on the Antietam easily.
  • A guiding hand?  McClellan never crossed the Antietam that day and had little trust in any of the commanders he sent into combat.  The Union assaults lacked a firm hand to direct the many massed assaults.  This allowed Lee (never far from the fighting) to coordinate his reinforcements.  Union headquarters was nearly three miles from the fighting.  McClellan’s lack of timely information and failure to grasp key tactical situations cost the Union a decisive victory.

A terrible cost

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Weekly History News Roundup

Black Lives Matter vandalize Jefferson Statue at UVAschool President condemns  misguided protest

 

Virginia Military Institute will not remove Confederate statues… governing board agrees to add historical context

 

CIA file on Lee Harvey Oswald is officially “missing”….  Other JFK assassination files to be released Oct. 26

 

Navy to investigate 99 year old shipwreck… USS San Diego’s sinking may assist ship design

 

Blood-stained ice axe that killed Trotsky to go on displayInternational Spy Museum in Washington DC will display long lost artifact

 

Go to community college, kiddies…

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A Public University- Jefferson’s Dream

The gall of Black Lives Matter to demand Jefferson’s likeness be removed from the University of Virginia… our first truly public university.

Go to community college, kiddies…

Irony so palpable it is nearly farcical…. students of all ethnicities and backgrounds on a campus literally built for them by Jefferson.

Jefferson believed in education for all of society:

“I feel … an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.”  1808

“This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind.”

The University of Virginia was his experiment and his dream of an educated citizenry…
“We wish to establish in the upper country of Virginia, and more centrally for the State, a University on a plan so broad and liberal and modern, as to be worth patronizing with the public support, and be a temptation to the youth of other States to come and drink of the cup of knowledge and fraternize with us.” 1800
To the confused children leading the preposterous protests in Charlottesville-   Jefferson is not your enemy- your successes and privileges can be attributed to his vision and guidance.
LEARN OUR HISTORY

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Slippery Slope on Display- Hubris pt. 4

Jefferson said:

“I, am laying the foundation of an University in my native state, which I hope will repay the liberalities of it’s legislature by improving the virtue and science of their country…I have been myself the Architect of the plan of it’s buildings, and of it’s system of instruction. four years have been employed on the former, and I assure you it would be thought a handsome & Classical thing in Italy…I have preferred the plan of an Academical village rather than that of a single, massive structure…So it’s most splendid object, and a constant gratification to my sight. “

Go to community college, kiddies…

No one is comfortable giving President Trump credit for much… but the spoiled, ungrateful cretins who desecrated Jefferson’s likeness on the campus of HIS University   are bringing Trump’s somber picture to life.  He warned that the removal of statues to Confederate leaders may lead to similar action against our Founders, like Washington and Jefferson.

 

In the heart of his beloved academical village… Jefferson’s life’s work is naively slandered in name of  trendy activism and political correctness.  Students taking full of advantage of Jefferson’s foresight, vision, and effort dare to question the man and manner their opportunities were provided.  The hubris required to demand the removal of the University’s Founder; as well as, linking him to traitors who fought to destroy the country he helped create- is beyond comprehension.  Twenty-somethings so self-centered and lazy as to carry dozens of photographs of themselves(dressed and undressed)- possess a moral superiority over Thomas Jefferson?   Irony….

To stop desecrating my memory

The post-millennial generation has doomed us… the Founders predicted our fate if the population became ignorant and forgot its past.

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Facts in Five

Freedom Tower Edition-

  • The building is officially designated as “One World Trade Center”   It stands where WTC 6 previously stood
  • The tower has 104 floors, but only 94 are currently in use
  • The building is 1,776 feet tall- to honor the United States Declaration of Independence
  • It is the second tallest structure in the Western hemisphere-  a full 100(322 feet)  meters taller than the Empire State Building
  • Freedom Tower opened on November 3, 2014 and cost a reported $3 Billion to complete

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Remembering Heroes

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The monument to Rick Rescorla in Cornwall

Well, it’s Sept 11th once again. And so once again we will remember (as truly we do each day) what happened 16 years ago today, in New York, in Washington D.C, and in Pennsylvania. Back in 2011, almost all of us wrote about the day of the attack, what I said is here, and mostly I still believe it. But I think we’ll write about something else today. Perhaps something that most of our so-called betters think is obsolete, we will speak today of heroes, for indeed 9/11 had them as 7 DEC 41 did.

It’s important to remember our heroes. In recounting their deeds, we carry on our myths, even as the old Vikings did in the Icelandic Sagas. These are the sagamen of America, some are fictional, such as those played by the duke, although they are still valuable, the…

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They are Ours!

Light winds on September 10, 1813… turned the battle of Lake Erie into a slug fest.  Neither commander could gain any true advantage in weather gauge- the two squadrons lay opposite one another, blasting away.  American Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship, Lawrence  was taking the brunt of British fire as the rest of his command struggled to follow his aggressive example.  Two British brigs pounded Perry’s ship until every gun was disabled and four-fifths of the crew was dead- Perry fled on a dingy, rowing a half-mile to the brig Niagara.  Novelist and historian CS Forester wryly noted, “…it was as fortunate for the Americans that the Lawrence still possessed a boat that would float, as it was that Perry was not hit.”

Never give up the ship

Never give up the ship

Perry brought the rest of the American squadron… into line and drove the Niagara directly through the British formation.  Perry’s aggressiveness overwhelmed the slower British ships- nearly every man aboard the two largest was killed.  The surrender took place at approximately 3:00pm, just three hours after the first shot was fired.  Perry accepted the surrender aboard the recaptured Lawrence, so the British officers could see the carnage his command endured.  Perry cabled his counterpart on land, General William Henry Harrison;

Dear General:

We have met the enemy and they are ours. Two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.

Yours with great respect and esteem,
O.H. Perry

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