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The Drumhead

Posted March 15th, 2013 at 07:05 PM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)
Updated March 19th, 2013 at 07:02 PM by Viperlord

An issue that has arisen throughout history is the amount of power a military commander can wield, and what can constrain his actions. Look no further than the history of ancient Rome to see what happened when ambitious generals with the loyalty of their men and no real check on their authority decided to seize power for themselves. But the case I intend to discuss here, is nothing so cut-and-dried as that; it's a case of an unjust summary judgement passed on a man who had served his cause loyally...
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Longstreet and Jackson in the Wilderness

Posted March 1st, 2013 at 09:12 AM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)
Updated March 19th, 2013 at 07:02 PM by Viperlord

Stonewall Jackson's flank attack is hailed as the deciding moment of the battle of Chancellorsville, a blow which set the stage for the Confederate victory, and which represented Lee and Jackson at their finest. Perhaps, but it also represented Jackson's continuing mediocre abilities as a tactician. The march did not maintain absolute secrecy; Union III Corps commander Daniel Sickles detected the movement and took appropriate action to disrupt it, catching the rear of Jackson's column off-guard....
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