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 Posted: Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 04:12 pm
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I think had Meade not had to serve in Grant's shadow, he probably would have come out of the war with a much better reputation than he enjoys now. However, I've never been able to agree that Meade couldn't have attacked Lee after Gettysburg. Grant himself proved that with enough motivating power, the A of P would (and could) keep fighting. In that sense, Meade had the same affliction that bedeviled McClellan, Hooker, Burnside, etc., i.e., a cautious nature. Of course it's easy to look back now and say what Meade should have done, but if Grant could keep the troops fighting, why couldn't anyone else?

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