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 Posted: Sat Aug 30th, 2008 02:17 pm
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I don't think invading Pa was a mistake. He knew his resources were limited and time and money were on the North's side. So he gambled on a big victory on Yankee soil, knowing that it could be enough to arouse already strong Northern sentiment to end the war and possibly entice the English to come in on  the Confederate side. The British navy would have been able to stop the North from bottling up the ports, which would have changed the whole dynamic of the South's being unable to procure materials.

The longer the war stayed in the south the more the countryside was depleted (by both armies). Lee figured that if the people in the north felt the war the way Virginia had, the outcry for the war to end would be that much greater. It was a dice roll, but very understandable. Add to that the fact that the ANV to that point had seemed almost unbeatable.

But so many things went wrong that at that point maybe he should have marched straight on Washington, and, as you say, found his own ground to fight. What choice would Meade have had but to follow and engage?


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