Oyster War by Ben Towle

Oyster War

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  1. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, 5 months ago

    Have to modify the saying to include “ebb or near ebb tide”.

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 5 months ago

    Humans can be such foolish creatures. An ebb tide is bad for boats. I can see where that might mutate into a general superstition. But not on foot.

  3. bopard

    bopard said, 5 months ago

    1st man in is 1st man dead; fellows, we’ll draw straws for the point man
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    That one happens to be true.

  4. bopard

    bopard said, 5 months ago

    Wouldn’t Bulloch be more likely to say he was with his Virginians, or Georgians? than with Confederates?

  5. bopard

    bopard said, 5 months ago

    They must have been really desperate to give up hit and run for a Pickets charge.

  6. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 5 months ago

    The bayonet charge usually ended in disaster during the Civil War. A rifled musket could hit at 250 yards. By the end of the civil war, a number of union troops (like Sherman’s army at Atlanta and cavalry units) had Henry’s or Spencer’s repeating rifles. Made a bayonet charge with muskets suicidal. All of the advantages were with the men shooting at the charging men.

  7. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 5 months ago

    The tactic of charging across open terrain at concealed targets doesn’t make a lot of sense. The confederates would have been better off waiting until the sun was behind them and then shooting from the cover of the trees. The union gunners would be partly blinded by the sun. One shot to start the union troops running toward the scene and then picking them off as they got closer. Trees are a lot better at stopping bullets than tent canvas and that would help somewhat in reducing the confederate disadvantage in firepower.

  8. bopard

    bopard said, 5 months ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Agreed. But they did not have the bullets to waste on long range. They had to be in close.
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    Dismal swamp is a classic. Stay hidden in your territory. Provoke as much fire as possible. Then when you hear the Union guys asking each other for bullets – go in with bowie knives and shovels.

    Here there’s a natural barrier, water, between the two.
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    I favor night attack with a lot of noise between the tents. Then sit back and watch the Union men pick themselves off before they can get oriented.
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    Not much night attack in the Civil war?

  9. bopard

    bopard said, 5 months ago

    Jumping the gun seldom a good idea.

  10. bopard

    bopard said, 5 months ago

    Towle?
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    What did they have to have? Supplies? Better attack/defence ground for larger movement coming in? Knocking out artillery with hit and run?
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    Something was very important to risk an exact timed movement that was so risky. The men went forward instead of sideways, or back.
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    Bulloch lost some very important objective. Big plan is now toppling like dominos because this group failed.

  11. bopard

    bopard said, 5 months ago

    makes me wonder if that nightmare sequence in Bambi was written by a Vet. Old Marines have a lot of contempt for plans and objectives. But they never forget that the barricade that allowed them to stand their ground was made up of their friends bodies.
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    (Bambi NightMS: Those birds knew the only safety was laying low in the weeds, but the terror built until one couldn’t stand it. Once that one flew the others started flying.)

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