As a Firm admirer of Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall.) Jackson, I have to say that this death after Chancellorsville, was a major tragedy for, "The Southern Confederacy!" Had Lee had him at Gettysburg, the end of that battle may well have been a resounding Victory for the Confederacy! On the First day, Had Lee had Jackson and his famous, "Foot Cavalry," Little Round Top would have fallen into Confederate hands! Jackson would not have floundered around like that Bald-Headed old Fool, Ewell ! He would have gone to the right, and would have caught Hancock with his pants around his ankles! Then the road WOULD have been open all the way to Washington! This point was made in the Movie, "Gettysburg, when the other Confederate General, (Whose name momentarily escapes me.) complained to General Lee, about Ewell's inaction over Little Round Top, which earlier that day had been completely free of Federal troops, and had been literally there, "For the taking!"
Had Jacksons Troops been firmly ensconced on Little Round Top, not even TWO Lawrence Chamberlain's, and double the strength of the 20th. Maine, could have dislodged them!
I have the movie, "Gods & Generals," which focuses strongly on General Jackson. From reading about him, I'd have to agree he was a lousy Instructor at his Academy, in but as a tactician on the Battlefield, he had few equals!
Military Intelligence has been an Oxymoron, for me, (Don't believe I have spelled that properly?) since on the afternoon of my beloved Father's Funeral, I returned home, and sitting in his beloved old Leather Armchair, I reached for and began reading the World War One History of his Regiment, the Queen's Westminster Rifles, a part of the 56th. London Division. I looked up the, "Battle of the Somme," which began on July the 1st. 1916. Dad's older brother, Harry, was killed on that day, and my Dad wounded so grievously, the surgeons had to remove his left leg right from the Hip Joint. He had laid out in N0-Man's Land for 36 hours. No medics or stretcher bearer's ever put in an appearance, and Dad could smell the Gangrene in his
As I read the history of that frightful say, I found a passage that made me burn with rage and indignation! As best as I can recall, it said. "At 08.00 hundred hours, The Queen's Westminster Rifles, marched across No-Man's Land as if on parade!"
Fifty years earlier, almost to the day, Lee had used this self same tactic at Gettysburg! Had the Military learned nothing in fifty-three years?
? Picket was facing 2000 riflemen armed with single shot .58 caliber rifles. Dad and his comrades faced German Bolt Action Rifle's, that had six rounds rapid available if the soldiers started with one, "Up the Spout!" The stupid
Bastards had learned NOTHING in fifty three years! I wept for my poor Father, and for the man who would have become my Uncle Harry.
As a young boy, my heroes were the Fighter Pilots who took on the Luftwaffe, in Spitfires and Hurricanes, and later, the men of the United States Army Air Force, who risked Frostbite, and a horrible death in burning Bombers over the Third Reich!
But my number One Hero was AlWAYS my Dad! He still is! I am now 22 years older that he was when he died. So it cannot possibly be too many years, before I will be able to meet him, and tell him for the first time, just how much I loved him.
Many of you will have loved one who have, "Gone on ahead of you to Eternity!" For those of them who you still have. Tell them of your admiration for the things they did to preserve The Free World. Then you won't have to wait over 62 years to tell them, "Up Yonder!" Like me!
May God Bless you All! Gunslinger9378.