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Russell Martin

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  1. Russell Martin

    Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    We could always try a Quaker Gun...
  2. Russell Martin

    Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    Oh, definitely joking.
  3. Russell Martin

    Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    Will the battlefield loan us a canon for that? Or do we need to "borrow" one from another?
  4. Russell Martin

    Hello from 58th Illinois

    Welcome, Pat, and a Happy Belated Birthday! Russell (USN FMF ret)
  5. Russell Martin

    Gibraltar of the West

    A big part of the naming of these places as Gibraltars was not so much that they were the equivalent of the original, but that they were meant to be. This has much to do with hyperbole and not actuality. Without a delve into the biographies of those that named them Gibraltar, I would say they were seeking an equivalency for morale (for the soldiers, the general populace in the South, or even more likely, themselves),
  6. Russell Martin

    Gibraltar of the West

    Fort Smith in Arkansas is also known as the little Gibraltar of the Arkansas, by E Bearrs.
  7. Russell Martin

    Fort Donelson Hike - Meeting Location

    Due to some unforeseen issues, I am unable to make it. My apologies as I was looking forward to meeting everyone and Tim Smith. Sorry Russell
  8. Russell Martin

    Fort Donelson Hike Update

    My wife and I will be there. I will be the confused looking Oklahoman with hair.
  9. Russell Martin

    Fort Donelson Hike Update

    Wife and I got one of the Cabins at Electric Lake. Not many left from what I hear.
  10. Russell Martin

    Howdy

    One of the issues in military history is the lack of game theory that is applied to subject. There is a tendency to place undue bias on what determines "victory", whether by the battle or by the campaign. The most common of these is the zero sum game, or, either you won or you lost. To this we use hindsight to determine these parameters, either through total losses or who controlled the battlefield at is conclusion. For example. Wilson's Creek is typically thought to be a Confederate victory, and surely in numbers loss and loss of control of the battlefield, they did. However, they failed to impose their will upon the Union. Union troops continued operations in the area, and indeed, the Confederates retreated across the Missouri Arkansas border. (Albeit not right away). So in this sense can Wilson's Creek be a victory? Fort Donelson has a different outcome. By all intents, loss of the forts and territory, the casualties lost (Killed, Wounded, Missing, Captured) have a Confederate loss. Thusly Grant had accomplished his goals, and imposed his will upon the enemy. He would show much the same imposition during the Overland Campaign with his tenacious tactics and operational movement versus Lee. Whereas similar losses would have had the Army of the Potomac scurrying back across the river, Grant shifted, and continued to wage war.
  11. Russell Martin

    Fort Donelson Hike Update

    How long is the hike? And if anyone local can suggest places to camp where I won't be mistaken for a deer?
  12. Russell Martin

    Howdy

    Hank, thank you for the list of sources. You have obviously put a lot of work into it, and it is a good list. A couple of the links didnt work, but I was able to find the sources by name. The only one I couldnt find was Alex Walker. Do you know the name of the newspaper? thank you again Russell
  13. Russell Martin

    The Lead Up

    He was also under the pressure to defend all the states in his department.
  14. Russell Martin

    Howdy

    Hello all My name is Russell Martin. I am a paramedic in Tulsa OK, but history has always been my love. I have a BA in History from OSU. I have been to a lot of Civil War battlefields, but have always been more interested in the operations that preceded the battles, and the operations afterward. I spent 11 years in the Army and the Navy (Navy time I was assigned to the Marine Corps). I did my senior thesis on Operations in the Indian Territory from April 1863 to September 1st, 1863. I read voraciously, and am currently reading The Battle of the Wilderness by Gordon Rhea, and Landscape Turned Red by Stephen Sears. I enjoy research, and delve frequently into the ORs. I am torn between reading Tim Smith's Shiloh Conquer or Perish or Wiley Sword's Shiloh Bloody Sunday when I finish Sears. (I try to put other battles or topics in between books on Shiloh and the Trans-Mississippi). I look forward to learning from all of you. Russell
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