The army of Gen. Bragg
is said to be one of the most highly disciplined in the service of the Confederate States
To such perfection has discipline been brought that straggling is said to be almost unknown.
is unquestionably an excellent disciplinarian, and a very brave man; but he seems to have been greatly deficient in some of the other qualities which constitute a great commander.
No doubt, serving under some man of great military genius, he would have made an excellent subordinate.
The talent of separate command, however, is very rare, and he at least does not seem to possess it.
When General Bragg
arrived at Chattanooga
, about the 25th of July, it was confidently affirmed that he would move in ten days. The greatest anxiety was felt with regard to this movement, because, from the character of the army be commanded, it was expected that a great blow would be struck.
Everybody supposed he would attack Buell
, because the water was so low that he could not be reinforced, and that special terror of all our commanders, the gunboats, could not be employed.
were beaten at Nashville
, the Fasters portion of Tennessee
would be redeemed.
would be placed between Louisville
He could either drop down into Mississippi
, and, reinforcing Van Dorn
, fall with united forces on Rosecrans
, or he could march, upon Louisville
, which was very slenderly defended.--The main object, therefore, was to defeat Buell
first of all. It appears to us that, had be united all his forces as early as the 10th of August, or even a fortnight later, he could not have failed to heat Buell
, who was greatly alarmed for his position and ready to leave it upon very little provocation.
, however, conceived altogether a different plan of campaign, and, as it has since proved, a most disastrous one.
He not only left Buell
at liberty to march where he pleased, but permitted him, by his tardy movements, to get to Louisville
first, and there to receive the enormous reinforcements which the new Yankee levy is pouring in every day. He has failed because he is too slow.
What is called a cautions General is the most dangerous of all Generals
in the world — to his own friends.
He will make no movement unless he be certain of success.
He stands still and permits his enemy to manœuvre as he pleases, from the fear of doing something rash.
His enemy takes advantage of his slow motions, doubles on him, and at last compels him to move, whether he will or not. This seems to have been the case with Gen. Bragg
He has thrown away the most glorious opportunity ever offered to an American General.
We very much fear that whoever succeeds him will never find such another.
The winter is coming on, and the river will rise.
The whole Southwest
will soon be penetrated with hundreds of gunboats and tens of thousands of Yankee troops.
Who is to succeed Gen. Bragg
? Gen. Johnston
, of course, would be the man; but he is said not to have sufficiently recovered to be able to undergo the fatigue of a campaign.