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kipt
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« Reply #2685 on: 07 July 2018, 03:42:40 PM »

Finished "Stones River-Bloody Winter In Tennessee" by James Lee McDonough.

Very good description of the battle and the movements and thoughts leading up to it.  an 'almost won' by the Confederates under Bragg (with a different commander the 'almost' part most likely would be deleted).

Rosecrans wasn't a strategic genius but delivered a win for Lincoln when it was needed.  Due more to the fighting qualities of his brigadiers and troops however.
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« Reply #2686 on: 09 July 2018, 04:44:18 AM »

Friends, Just so happens I live right in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, site of the Battle of Stones River. I think there was one very key advantage to the Union position and their ability to resupply from Nashville, and/or move reserves to needed points in their line which really edged their ultimate victory. First they controlled he Nashville Pike, which is still used today as a secondary road to Nashville, and they were in a horseshoe curled back on Murfreesboro, while the Confederates would have to move their troops much greater distances to achieve the same build up or to plug the line. True the Confederates felt they had actually won the battle and had even telegraphed President Davis advising him so.  I am not big on the ACW as the uniforms are too dull for my liking, so am by no means any kind of expert. I have a few relics from the battle here and have dome some study of this battle just because of living here. There were 8 Medals of Honor awarded for the battle and one is displayed in the museum.





















Thought I would share a few pictures of the battlefield and from inside the museum. It is a National park, as is the Union cemetery across from the park Complex. There are no Confederates buried there. Originally they were denied as being traitors of the Union, but a later law, at the turn of the 20th century I believe, reversed that ruling and it was planned to bury the Confederates in the same cemetery. However, the strong southern feelings that still existed did not want "their boys" buried with the Union boys. So the Confederate soldiers who fell are buried in a cemetery in Nashville. That is so sad, because as the author of Barry Lyndon said at the end of his book - "they are all the same now."

Terry
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« Reply #2687 on: 09 July 2018, 07:39:07 AM »

Very nice. Thank you for sharing.


I like the ACW because of the relatively plain uniforms. Always think it's a great place to start gaming. 
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« Reply #2688 on: 09 July 2018, 08:10:56 AM »

Very nice piccies, Terry !

Cheers - Phil.
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« Reply #2689 on: 09 July 2018, 08:50:01 AM »

Have to agree with Nobby on this one - really interesting war to game and the uniforms are really quite diverse. Even in the west there were some zouave units and the US cavalry units didnít always follow regulation dress. The Confederate flags in the west are a fascinating mixture before 1864 and the senior officer personalities are a most interesting bunch. In 1966 this is where my gaming took off (courtesy of Don Featherstone and Airfix) and I am still gaming this period in 15, 6 and 3. Oh for the privilege of living on an actual ACW battlefield!
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« Reply #2690 on: 09 July 2018, 10:50:23 AM »

Oh for the privilege of living on an actual ACW battlefield!

Unfortunately you'd never get a visa, and would you really want to live in a country with Boris as president  ?  Wink Wink Wink
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« Reply #2691 on: 09 July 2018, 03:39:06 PM »

Ian, that was going through my head, but despite what we are bombarded by in the media, plus a surfeit of Balloon Man making crass statements on a regular basis, I am sure most Americans, like most other people, are pretty decent folks and would make pretty good neighbours. Unlike some countries they do have the opportunity to vote him out.

On a slightly different tack, there is something I do find a bit odd and that is the number of US TV shows that donít really promote the country in a very positive light. Iíve just finished watching series 2 of Goliath and it was a bit depressing.
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« Reply #2692 on: 11 July 2018, 06:07:23 PM »

One of his better books, for my money. James Bond it isn't.

Quite enjoyed it, he does a good "change of pace", through the early part of the book rolled rather slowly.

Now reading "A brief History of Time" - Prof Stephen Hawking.
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« Reply #2693 on: 11 July 2018, 06:17:17 PM »

Now reading Flodden, a novel about that scrap up in Northumberland. It has started with an 18 year old foul-mouthed, stuttering Scottish poacher stumbling across James IV in the woods. It has now taken the obligatory Bernard Cornwell direction (although not written by him), i.e. local bully picks on him (heís definitely headed for either an English arrow or bill), pretty girl fancies him, her father hates him, and one just hopes that somewhere amongst the Emmerdale Farm of it all there will be a stirring depiction of the actual battle.
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« Reply #2694 on: 11 July 2018, 06:27:34 PM »

Now reading "A brief History of Time" - Prof Stephen Hawking.
Don't want to ruin it for you, but the butler did it.

I have read "A Brief History of Time" and Lawrence Krause's "A Universe From Nothing". As I read each page, I understand excatly what is going on.  Then I turn the page and it is as if all comprehension has spilled out my brain. Right good reads though.

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« Reply #2695 on: 12 July 2018, 02:43:10 PM »

No he didnít, it was god.
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« Reply #2696 on: 12 July 2018, 04:34:23 PM »

Stephen S Sears - Richmond the Peninsular Campaign, ACW; having just bought Brigade Fire and Fury II...
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« Reply #2697 on: 15 July 2018, 07:50:48 PM »

Finished "The Memoirs of Marshal Foch" translated by Col. T. Bentley Mott, liaison officer between Marshal Foch and General Pershing.

Good book, operational in level, with the beginning and the ending written by Foch.  The first part (Book One) he gives a bit of his boyhood and schooling and then goes into the war.  He first had a corps command and then moved to an army.  Ultimately in Book One he moved to command the French Armies.

The middle section was written by Foch's military associates as Foch did not write about it.  This is the preface to Book Two.

In Book Two he becomes commander of all the Allied Armies.

The memoirs discuss his dealings with the commanders he was either subordinate to or in command of.  Much moving of armies and corps, as well as his decisions for the prosecution of the war and his constant refrain to attack.

Like it quite a bit.
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« Reply #2698 on: Yesterday at 07:32:17 PM »

Just finished reading "Target for Tonight" wargames rules for Lancaster bombing raids. (Kindle edition, Anmazon, A mere £6.00.)

Ummm ... not what I was expecting. Sort of a ludo concept where one progresses from take off, across the North Sea into Germany and back again.

In some a bit of role playing, so quite fun. I'd have liked a bit more about nightfighter combat.

Lots of good information, passed out with the script for the film"Target for Tonight".

Overall 8/10, for what I wanted 5/10.   
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« Reply #2699 on: Today at 01:12:04 PM »

Finished "Fighting Admiral: The Story of Dan Callaghan" by Francis Murphy.

A pretty good history of his life up until he was killed on the San Francisco at Guadalcanal.  Callaghan was very religious - a Catholic, and was pretty strait laced,  He did smoke, as did many people of those times, but did not drink or run around, at least as written by the author.  There is a slight religious tone throughout the book, but it doesn't detract.

Interesting views of the times from WWI through the years between the wars and then WWII up to his demise. Callaghan was an aide to FDR and although not politically minded, did a lot of liaison with the Navy Department ("FDR was very interested in the Navy) as well as many political errands.
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