Saturday, June 16, 2007

Beauregard ordering withdrawal on April 7

Around 2 P.M. on April 7 Beauregard decided that his army had done all they could. He realized that continuing the fight would only risk the possibility of his army routing from the battlefield so he ordered a retreat from the field.

Beauregard could have decided to stick it out as long as possible. If the Confederates had continued to hold their ground they probably would have been destroyed. Two more brigades of Buell's army had just arrived on the battlefield and were moving towards the front. The longer Beauregard stayed the more he risked the destruction of his army without much possibility of achieving a great victory.

The risks far outweighed any possible rewards so it is wise that Beauregard decided to retreat. This qualifies as a critical decision because if he had stayed the Confederate army would have probably dissolved.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beauregard had no choice about withdrawing from the battlefield of Shiloh on the afternoon of Monday, April 7th. His army was spent, tired, nearly out of food and ammunition and had suffered large losses and was now burdened with many wounded men. Most important, the confederates were slowly but steadily being pushed back by the federals since the late morning and into the afternoon hours. This indicates the rebels no longer had the defensive strength they needed.
This decision is not to confused with the decision to halt the fighting made on Sunday, April 6th about 6 pm as these are two differant occurrances.