By Barry Strauss
ALEXANDER, HANNIBAL, CAESAR—each was once a grasp of battle. each one needed to glance past the battlefield to come to a decision whom to struggle, whilst, and why; to grasp what victory used to be and whilst to finish the battle; to figure out tips on how to carry balance to the lands he conquered. every one basic needed to be a battlefield tactician and extra: a statesman, a strategist, a leader.
Tactics swap, guns switch, yet conflict itself continues to be a lot a similar during the centuries, and an exceptional warrior needs to know the way to outline good fortune. realizing the place every one of those 3 nice (but wrong) commanders succeeded and failed can serve an individual who desires to imagine strategically or who has to illustrate management. In Masters of Command Barry Strauss explains the features those nice generals shared, the keys to their good fortune, from ambition and judgment to management itself.
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Decided how I would fight her in I would keep the Monitor moving in a circle just large enough to give time for loading the guns. At the point where the circle impinged upon the Merrimac our guns should be fired, and loaded while we were moving around the circuit. 2 11 Evi- THE MONITOR AND THE MERRIMAC dently the Merrimac would return the compliment every time. At our second exchange of shots, she returning six or eight to our two, another of her large shells struck our 'plank-shear' at its angle, and tore up one of the deck-plates, as you see.
Our crew was summoned to the gun-deck, and Buchanan addressed us: "Sailors, in a few minutes you will have the long-looked-for opportunity of showing your devotion to 34 THE MERRIMAC AND THE MONITOR our cause. Remember that you are about to strike for your country and your homes. The Confederacy expects every man to do his duty. " Every terse, burning word is engraved on my memory, though fifty years have passed since they were spoken. Just as he had finished, the mess caterer touched my elbow and whispered: "Better get your lunch now, Mr.
I am going to ram the Cumberland," said my commander. "I'm told she has the new rifled guns, the only ones in their whole fleet we have cause to fear. The moment we are 31 THE MERRIMAC AND THE MONITOR in the Roads I'm going to make right for her and ram her. How about your engines? They were in bad shape in the old ship, I understand. Can we rely on them? " "She will have to travel some ten miles down the river before we get to the Roads," I said. "If any trouble develops I'll report it. " I watched the machinery carefully as we sped down the Elizabeth River, and soon satisfied myself that all was well.