Tuesday, January 13, 2015


This is coolbert:

Here from the National Interest and the article by Michael Peck:

"Commanders of Chaos: The 5 Worst Generals in U.S. History"

. . . .

"It would be nice if all American generals were great. How might Vietnam or Iraq have turned out if a George Washington, a Ulysses Grant or a George Patton had been in command?"

"Alas, call it the laws of probability or just cosmic karma, but every nation produces bad generals as well as good ones—and America is no exception."

. . . .

"But for whatever reason, some American commanders have lost the battle for history. Here are five of America's worst generals"

* Horatio Gates.

* Douglas Mac Arthur.

* Mc Clellan.

* Lloyd Fredendall.

* Tommy Franks.

This listing however has one glaring omission. That one general officer in American history his force totally obliterated and his reputation firmly established as probably the WORST American commander of all time.

Arthur St. Clair.

American commander at the Battle of the Wabash. Also referred to as St. Clair's Defeat. More correctly St. Clair's Rout.

"St. Clair's Defeat also known as the Battle of the Wabash, the Battle of Wabash River or the Battle of a Thousand Slain, was fought on November 4, 1791 in the Northwest Territory between the United States and the Western Confederacy of American Indians, as part of the Northwest Indian War. It was a major American Indian victory and remains the greatest defeat of the United States Army by American Indians."

"The American Indians were led by Little Turtle of the Miamis, Blue Jacket of the Shawnees and Buckongahelas of the Delawares (Lenape). The war party numbered more than one thousand warriors, including a large number of Potawatomis from eastern Michigan and the Saint Joseph. The opposing force of about 1,000 Americans was led by General Arthur St. Clair. The American Indian confederacy was overwhelmingly victorious. In proportional terms of losses to strength, it was one of the worst defeats that United States forces have ever suffered in battle—of the 1,000 officers and men that St. Clair led into battle, only 24 escaped unharmed. As a result, President George Washington forced St. Clair to resign his post and Congress initiated its first investigation of the executive branch."

For those American military personnel captured it is reputed that the execution fires burned for TWO DAYS subsequently!!

Whoa boy and shame Arthur St. Clair!!


1 comment:

Mark Moncrieff said...

Dear Albert

How could anyone make a list of worst American Generals and not include St. Clair!

I also wonder what their reasoning is regarding General Macarthur?

Mark Moncrieff
Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future