Friday, August 15, 2008
Last night at the Rocky Mountain Civil War Roundtable we had an interesting meeting about command changes. The presenter followed the Army of Northern Virginia and the various command changes, the cycle of promotions and transfers, etc. He also had a breakdown of the commanders, such as age, experience, state affiliation, etc. I thought is was fascinating and was thinking of doing something similar for the Western armies. And in my manner of overdoing it I think it'd really be useful to do both sides, plus with the way the armies of the west moved around I think you'd almost have to do it by department not just by army. My question for my loyal readers is how should I approach the reorganizations that completely redo the composition of the brigades? For instance when Bragg does his reshuffling of the army after Chickamauga he transfers regiments out of brigades. So New Brigade A might now have two regiments from Old Brigade A, one from B and 3 from C. I haven't examined this in detail yet so not sure exactly how much change we're looking at but I know it did happen. In any respect I think it would be a fun project and even if it didn't become a roundtable presentation I think it would be a useful bit of research to have available for future use.