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 Posted: Sun Aug 24th, 2008 12:17 am
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Lee's army in 1864 was well equipped and had around 60,000 men. That's not much lower than in previous campaigns and it's still higher than what he had available during the Antietam Campaign. These were battle hardened veterans and not the raw recruits of 1861-62. Morale was still very high.

His army's attacks at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and in the Valley show that his army had plenty of punch left.   Heck, look at how Mahone's lone division routed the entire II Corps of the Army of the Potomac at Jerusalem Plank Road during the siege of Petersburg.

No I think Gettysburg's impact on the effectiveness of Lee's Army has been vastly overblown.

Last edited on Sun Aug 24th, 2008 12:18 am by The Iron Duke



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