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    And now for something completely different: The Battle of Five Armies

    Great review. I read the book a few years back and was confused how they thought they were going to make three movies out of it. And boy did this final film fall flat. I thought there was way too much happening, that the events were all stretched out too long, and in many cases, were things I was not interested in. There were some good scenes, nothing great though, and ultimately it just fell flat for me. Also there were moments in the battle that just seemed incredibly stupid. The orks were hyped up as bred-for-war monsters, then were disposed of with unbelievable ease, in scenes that gave me uncomfortable memories of The Phantom Menace and Return of the Jedi. To sum it up, this movie was too long and too detached. I couldn't agree more that this feels like a fan fiction, full of over-indulgence in special effects and unwelcome imagination.
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    Posted January 9th, 2015 at 08:42 AM by Viperlord Viperlord is online now
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    Very Nice VL.
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    Thanks DIVUS!
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    Belatedly just found this post. Congratulations on getting published - and good pieces to boot!
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    A late thanks!
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    Congrats on getting published.
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    The Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant... Or Henry Halleck?

    I never saw Grant as a butcher. He was always sick at the sight of blood. He was just willing to get things done.
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    The Myth of the Free Hand

    Lincoln didn't know much of war. So he set about teaching himself through books and conversations with experienced military men in his administration. Over time, he developed a remarkably good grasp of strategy, as befit his role as commander-in-chief.
    This didn't prevent him from making mistakes, but just as often his "interference" was timely and ultimately beneficial.
    Posted April 25th, 2013 at 06:35 PM by Tuthmosis III Tuthmosis III is offline
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    Forgotten Hero of the Trans-Mississippi: Samuel R. Curtis

    I agree. Curtis was quite aggressive, and seemed to impart that spirit to his subordinates (Well, except for Brave Sir Robin Franz Sigel.) But he was prudent when the situation called for it.
    Posted April 19th, 2013 at 05:30 AM by Viperlord Viperlord is online now
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    Forgotten Hero of the Trans-Mississippi: Samuel R. Curtis

    I'm skeptical, too. I don't see the same circumspection from Lyon that Curtis repeatedly showed. Although Lyon maybe gets away with "attack first and think later" at Pea Ridge against the equally short-sighted Van Dorn...
    Posted April 18th, 2013 at 06:13 PM by Tuthmosis III Tuthmosis III is offline
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    Forgotten Hero of the Trans-Mississippi: Samuel R. Curtis

    I'm a little more skeptical of Lyon than some of his contemporaries were; he seemed to follow the Custer model of attack first and think later. But he was energetic and aggressive, and had he been exercising field command in Missouri instead of the likes of Fremont, Hunter, and Halleck, it would have been a more aggressive kind of war, and Price might have been brought to battle earlier.
    Posted April 18th, 2013 at 01:43 PM by Viperlord Viperlord is online now
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    Forgotten Hero of the Trans-Mississippi: Samuel R. Curtis

    "He was the greatest general from either side in the Trans-Mississippi theatre."
    A well-supported conclusion, as usual. And you point out the logistical difficulties of campaigning in this "side-show" part of the war.

    Speculative question: how do you think things would have fared generally had Lyon lived?
    Posted April 18th, 2013 at 11:03 AM by Tuthmosis III Tuthmosis III is offline
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    The Myth of the Free Hand

    ^^ Imagine what would have happened if it was the other way around, if Halleck liked McClernand more than Grant...

    Indeed, one of Lincoln's biggest mistakes was the constant interfering with his generals's strategy and way of waging a war. I mean, he was a lawyer for God's sake, what would he know of war?
    Posted April 6th, 2013 at 08:09 AM by Stefany Stefany is offline
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    The Myth of the Free Hand

    I think Halleck had mixed feelings on Grant. But he clearly loathed McClernand's guts, and Halleck was a big believer in professionalism. Grant was a professional soldier; McClernand was not.
    Posted April 5th, 2013 at 02:37 PM by Viperlord Viperlord is online now
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    The Myth of the Free Hand

    So Halleck disliked both Grant and McClernand, but he chose Grant to lead the offensive at Vicksburg because he disliked McClernand more?
    Posted April 4th, 2013 at 11:51 PM by Stefany Stefany is offline
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    Ulysses S. Grant: The Butcher? Part II

    I agree. Grant was a butcher.
    Posted March 24th, 2013 at 02:18 PM by spellbanisher spellbanisher is offline
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    Longstreet and Jackson in the Wilderness

    I concur with Gorge123. I'm gonna need to see some pictures before I can take your arguments seriously. Oh, and the words are unnecessary.
    Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 04:26 PM by spellbanisher spellbanisher is offline
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