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 Posted: Mon Sep 1st, 2008 04:03 am
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On Day 3, there's the question of, what was Lee's real plan with Pickett's Charge? I have always found it hard and a little too simplistic to believe Lee thinking, Well, we tried both flanks and failed--let's try the middle of the line! However, if his plan was truly to have Jeb Stuart come from the rear of the Union lines, in effect to have that "pincher effect" then throwing 15,000 men against the center of the Union line makes more sense. He couldn't have known until too late about Stuart's failure. I think Lee was bold, had proven himself to be so over and over leading up to Gettysburg, but I don't think he was reckless. There's a difference.

I can't help thinking somewhere around Day 1 Lee was thinking, If only Jackson was here. . .


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