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 Posted: Sat Aug 30th, 2008 02:14 pm
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Kinda agreeing with Captain Crow here. It seems to have appeared, to Lee at least, that there was a good chance that his unbeatable army could once again prevail.

Today it appears to have been a fool's errand in that he was dependent of a long line of rickety wagons, broken-down horses, and the provender of the countryside. (A moving army can live off the land so long as it is moving.) When he stopped at Gettysburg, the rock was met and the hard place was squeezing up behind him.

Must disagree with marty. Going around Meade to strike directly at Washington, Baltimore or Philadelphia would have been reckless, even for Lee. His supply line was, at best, tenuous -- leaving Meade behind him would have severed it completely and left a very large Union army behind him and formidable defenses in front of him. Lee was audacious, but that would have been foolish.

His chance, and I'm convinced it was his intent, was in catching Meade in a situation where Meade would be forced to attack him. (And, quite possibly, to avoid sending part of his army to rescue/relieve Vicksburg.)

It was risky, but the alternative was to do nothing: at least equally fatal to the AoNV.

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