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Posted: 6/27/2003 1:39:45 AM EDT
Did either side engage in these? If so, how common were they?
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 2:44:34 AM EDT
Not as effective as today, as demonstrated by Gen. Jackson's untimely demise.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 3:28:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/28/2003 5:36:32 PM EDT
Not terribly common outside what would be now called SpecOps. Night marchs occurred but seldomly trying to maintain an element of surprise. The troops were just too noisy, roads and maps unreliable, terrain/environment usyally unfavorable. Plus they use of videttes, pickets and sentries was pretty extensive. One of the most renown night movements was when Baldy Smith flanked the Rebs at Chattanooga floating down the river and opened the supply lines. Also running the batteries at Vicksburg was done at night a few times.
Link Posted: 6/29/2003 7:45:25 AM EDT
Most significant operation I know of was General John B. Gordon (CSA) attack on Fort Steadman. It was an attempt to break the Siege of Petersburg and was spearheaded by the sharpshooters of Gordon's Division. While initially successful (they even captured a Union General), the attack faltered when reinforcements failed to arrive and a violent Union counterattack isolated them. Gordon lost about 4k men (killed, wounded, captured, missing).
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