History’s Big Bluffs

This is a standard of foreign policy…..the bluff.

We bluff china and North Korea and Iran and….well pick a spot and we have bluffed our way into policy.

And since I like history can anyone tell me the biggest bluffs in history?

Bluffs like Hitler and Rhineland, El-Alamein, Yorktown and many others….

Let’s start with the American Civil War……

In March of 1862, Union General George B. McClellan outflanked the Confederate main army in Northern Virginia by landing 121,000 men on the Virginia Peninsula to the south, between the James and York rivers. The goal was to march up the Peninsula and capture Richmond before the Confederates had time to rush in reinforcements to protect their capital, and things went smoothly at first, as McClellan successfully disembarked with no difficulty, and began marching to Richmond.

The only opposition standing between McClellan and Richmond were 12,000 Confederates at Yorktown, commanded by John B. Magruder and outnumbered 10 to 1 by Union forces. Magruder, realizing his small force stood no chance in a fight, and desperately needing to buy time until reinforcements arrived, set out to bamboozle McClellan into slowing down.

Fortunately for the Confederates, Magruder was the right man in the right place at the right time. Renown before the war for his florid manner and proneness to theatrics and ostentatious displays, Magruder resorted to theatrics and display to put on a show and trick McClellan into believing that he faced far stronger opposition than was the case. Taking advantage of the small Warwick river which separated him from the advancing federals, Magruder set out to convince McClellan that its 14 mile length on the opposite bank was heavily fortified and strongly garrisoned. While the fortifications were real, Magruder lacked the men to occupy them in any strength that could have stopped McClellan had he attacked.

12 of the Greatest Military Bluffs in History

 

If any history buffs out there have another bluff then please feel free to share with us here on IST.

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“lego ergo scribo”

 

2 thoughts on “History’s Big Bluffs

  1. Good article, chuq. McClellan was a ‘hesitant’ general at best, cowardly at worst. The Union could have won the war early on if he had not been in charge of their largest army group. That would have been a good thing, and saved so many lives lost later.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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