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Chapter 18: Rashness Johnston Fabius Scipio. Before closing these pages, I request the privilege of correcting a false impr
years, different commanders sallied forth and delivered battle; but Fabius continued to adhere strictly to his plan of warfare, and stubbornly annibal, and was only spared utter destruction by the timely aid of Fabius.
Varro marched out, fought the Carthagenians near Cannaee, was def ined important advantages over the enemy; but, as history tells us, Fabius permitted no allurement of his foe, nor outcry of his countrymen, t en in his own Army. * * * Thus the soldiers were brought to despise Fabius, and by way of derision to call him the pedagogue of Hannibal, whil Italy laid waste with fire and sword.
And he asked the friends of Fabius whether he intended to take his Army up into heaven, as if he had b sults achieved, and far greater his title to distinction.
Although Fabius succeeded in wasting in a great measure the strength of his adversa
Chapter 18: Rashness Johnston Fabius Scipio. Before closing these pages, I request the privilege of correcting a false impression which has gained ground in my regard, and which is, I may say, the outcome of inimical statements of certain writers who have followed in the wake of Pollard and Johnston. General Sherman gives color to their charge of rashness as a commander, in the following passage: I did not suppose that General Hood, though rash, would venture to attack fortified places like Allatoona, Resaca, Decatur and Nashville; but he did so, and in so doing, played into our hands perfectly. Sherman's Memoirs, vol. II, page 167. And yet from other portions of his Memoirs it will be seen that I did not attack either Resaca, Decatur, or Nashville. My official report will also show that Major General French assaulted Allatoona, whilst under discretionary orders. Thus, in none of these instances is General Sherman correct. Touching this same accus
Chapter 18: Rashness Johnston Fabius Scipio. Before closing these pages, I request the priv
iters who have followed in the wake of Pollard and Johnston.
General Sherman gives color to their charge of rcumstance as unfortunate for the Confederacy that Johnston was not summoned to Palmetto at the beginning of t it seems, indeed, preposterous to suppose that General Johnston would have inaugurated a similar movement with arged with rashness, and even recklessness, by General Johnston and his adherents, I may be allowed, in additi part from my own resolution.
Therefore when General Johnston retreated from the mountain-fastnesses, crosse rthage beneath the heel of the proud Roman.
General Johnston not only signally failed in the Fabian policy, had been shaken by so many tempests.
Since General Johnston failed to practice the art of war in accordanc eat General, unless he has won his spurs.
Had General Johnston possessed the requisite spirit and boldness to