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  • Pruitt
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    The only real advantage Stuart had over Forrest is a West Point education and some experience as a Troop officer in Kansas. He also participated in the capture of John Brown with Robert E. Lee. Stuart went from Regiment commander to Brigade commander to Division commander under Lee. I see nothing to indicate that Forrest could not have done the same thing.

    Forrest also showed that he was capable of being led by a commander. It was after the commander failed that Forrest let his posterior show.

    Pruitt

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    When it comes to "war crimes" the only one is LOSING.

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  • Pruitt
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    I think the results of such a proposal would have surprised some people here. I think Forrest would have done as well as Stuart, but I don't think he would have done everything the same. He probably would have made more emphasis on Mounted Infantry tactics than Stuart.

    I don't think the war crimes issue would be any different with different commanders. With men like Grant and Sherman in control of Union troops, the Yankees would have done the same war crimes. With the Yankees stripping Mississippi, Louisiana and other areas, then arming ex-slaves, why would the Confederates play nice?

    It does not matter who does war crimes first, once they get started. They have a life of their own.

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    I'm not defending Bragg who was probably one of the most disagreeable Generals on either side in the ACW. But, rather, pointing out Forrest had little tolerance for superiors that wanted something he was not in line with.

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  • The Exorcist
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    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
    With Bragg Forrest at one point stormed into Bragg's headquarters and told him he would accept no more orders from him and if Bragg tried to interfer with his command Forrest would kill him (and meant it).
    Considering the kind of man Bragg was, I might have done the same thing.

    Hm.... I guess that's why I had to leave the military... eh?

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    I think the switch would hurt Lee. Forrest was a bit of a hot head and often had difficulty working within a command structure. If he felt his superiors were making a bad decision he wasn't beyond disobeying orders, or doing what he wanted in any case.

    With Bragg Forrest at one point stormed into Bragg's headquarters and told him he would accept no more orders from him and if Bragg tried to interfer with his command Forrest would kill him (and meant it).

    Not exactly the guy you want running your cavalry and you rely on for reconnissance.

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  • The Exorcist
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    Originally posted by hellboy30 View Post
    Lol, where is Eric when you need him?
    Hell, I dunno, I'm just flailing around here trying to keep an non-WW2 thread alive!

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  • hellboy30
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    Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
    True, but he knew how to get the job done. Its hard to imagine a more spectacular waste of Cavalry then what Stuart did with his men in Pennsylvania. He even allowed himself to be neutralized by Custer (using fewer men) on day 3.

    Forest, on the other hand.... I can almost see him crashing right into Meade's HQ on the second day. Or maybe even demolishing that RR before the battle even started.
    Lol, where is Eric when you need him?

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  • McMax
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    Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
    Not sure Forrest would get along well with Robert Lee, he was too much of a loose cannon.
    True, I doubt that Lee would have tolerated the war crimes that Forrest and his units committed.

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  • The Exorcist
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    True, but he knew how to get the job done. Its hard to imagine a more spectacular waste of Cavalry then what Stuart did with his men in Pennsylvania. He even allowed himself to be neutralized by Custer (using fewer men) on day 3.

    Forest, on the other hand.... I can almost see him crashing right into Meade's HQ on the second day. Or maybe even demolishing that RR before the battle even started.

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  • Boonierat
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    Not sure Forrest would get along well with Robert Lee, he was too much of a loose cannon.

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  • ChuckW
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    Suppose Jeb Stuart had reigned supreme in the Western Theater, and Nathan Bedford Forrest had led General Lee's Cavalry? This option supposes that both men would know their respective areas terrain.

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