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|Obviously, from the popularity of this thread, there were several major blunders during the CW. That is ONE of the reasons why this CW subject captivates me.
When I first read Pam's question, the first thing that came to my mind was Fredericksburg. But not just Burnside's foolishness of sending wave after wave of men to certain death. But also the major blunder of the bureaucrats in Washington getting the pontoon bridges to Fredericksburg a week late. I hate dealing with "what ifs" because what happened is what happened, but I would have to think that if those bridges got there when they were supposed to, that would have given Burnsides a clear road to Richmond.