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    Quote Originally Posted by GoonBoss View Post
    I never found the western war that interesting.
    Me neither except Shiloh and later Chickamauga .

    http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields...-animated.html

    http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields...-animated-map/


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    Quote Originally Posted by fishfanmiami View Post
    Two big battles to be sure. They both had thier share of intrigue. Again, I'm just not that big on the western campaign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoonBoss View Post
    Two big battles to be sure. They both had thier share of intrigue. Again, I'm just not that big on the western campaign.
    It's certainly a lot less sexier. The western theater was more about positioning and choking off the lines of supply to entire areas rather than the dynamic army vs army battles that characterized the eastern theater. In that same way, however, the western theater was more modern and the type of thinking that won it became the kind of thinking generals employed in essentially every major war to follow. What Grant was able to do so successfully is bring western theater thinking to Lee's doorstep and grind him down.

    By contrast, I'm not sure Lee really thought of a war as being more than a series of battles that were fought until one side gave up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWalrus View Post
    It's certainly a lot less sexier. The western theater was more about positioning and choking off the lines of supply to entire areas rather than the dynamic army vs army battles that characterized the eastern theater. In that same way, however, the western theater was more modern and the type of thinking that won it became the kind of thinking generals employed in essentially every major war to follow. What Grant was able to do so successfully is bring western theater thinking to Lee's doorstep and grind him down.

    By contrast, I'm not sure Lee really thought of a war as being more than a series of battles that were fought until one side gave up.
    I don't have any issue with anything that you're saying.
    I just don't have much interest in the western theatre.

    It's manuver and slaughter and seige.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoonBoss View Post
    I don't have any issue with anything that you're saying.
    I just don't have much interest in the western theatre.

    It's manuver and slaughter and seige.
    I wasn't trying to make you interested in it. I was just pointing out some of the differences and how the eastern theater eventually turned into the western theater once Grant went East.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWalrus View Post
    I wasn't trying to make you interested in it. I was just pointing out some of the differences and how the eastern theater eventually turned into the western theater once Grant went East.
    I'm not the greatest Civil War expert ever, but yes. Grant definitly brought a brutal reality and
    command focus to the east that hadn't been seen and proved successful. One would argue that
    he played fast and loose with the lives of his men. Another argument would be that he finished
    the nonsense that was going on, and got on with "Real war".

    Bottom line is he got the ring, and there's no arguing that.
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