At Quantico, getting ready for the Boyd & Beyond conference that begins in about two hours. I’ll be doing the lead-off, on the evolution of Boyd’s ideas, which culminated in Conceptual Spiral.
On the way up yesterday, we stopped at Cold Harbor, which is (I think) the bloodiest hour in American military history, producing some 6,000 casualties. People often cite it as evidence that Grant was an incompetent commander, just an unimaginative practitioner of hey-diddle-diddle-right-up-the-middle attrition warfare.
We can discuss that another day. In the meantime, consider Vicksburg and the fact that over the course of the Richmond Campaign, Grant’s army actually suffered a lower percentage of losses than did Lee’s, and Lee could ill afford the higher casualty rate.
Anyway, a disaster, which I’m hoping to avoid this morning.