Grey, you think DiLorenzo is a credible source. That alone disinclines me from following any of your other bunny trails. Sorry, he's the Radley Balko of Civil War writing.
"To spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary." Pournelle