The Captain identified the battle qua place n date,
but my memory fails of the details; its been a while.
Thats a problem we often have with some "wisdom" imparted by past teachers.
Its often difficult to acknowledge that this guy could have been wrong.
He was an authority figure in your life.
So far as I know, he was reasonable n competent.
He was not a screw-up; he was not Barney Fife.
AS I said, please read Bruce Catton's "Grant takes Command".
There is a sizable discussion of how Lincoln was fond of "meddling" with his generals.
That trait is consistent with his deciding that
"if u want something done right: do it yourself" and personally taking command.
We know that he had the authority to do that, if he wanted to.
Its only a question of whether he excercised it or not.
Eg, when Geeorge Mead pulled the victory in Gettysburg,
Lincoln gave him a host of crap for not pursuing Lee and finishing him off.
I do not have ANY evidence that supports your ROTCY teachers" fantasy.
Absence of evidence is not
evidence of absence.
You were the one who posted a silly premise, so accusing others of "not proving a negative"
is just plain stupid reasoning on your behalf.
U misinterpreted me.
My statement acknowledged that I was not
asking him to prove a negative
and I implied that it 'd be rong to do so,
he wanted us to consider any specific evidence
on the point, that it 'd be welcome.
If u wanna tell me that I was rong in saying that,
I 'll hear n consider any reasoning that u may choose to offer on that point.
You should be more careful in how you retrieve information from your memory banks.
I do my best.
I do not claim that my memory cannot be rong.
It has been b4.
You made the claim and you are the one who assumes it was correct.
I did. I do.
Its source has at least
ostensible credibility n plausibility.
Its the same as if U made a plausible statement on farming
or on geology, I 'd accord u at least prima facie
until confronted with significant counter
because I do not believe that U and the Captain are fools.
(tho he had a cleaner mouth than u do)
we shall c what we shall c, but at least give the investigation a decent shot.
Its too soon to hoist the white flag. I 'm lazy, but not THAT
Liberally parafrazing John Paul Jones: I have not yet begun to ask around.
I was a fool:
I was at a Mensa meeting a few hours ago.
I shoud have raised my voice (I DID
, on an unrelated topic)
and inquired qua whether any expert on Lincoln coud help us.
Well, there will be more meetings.