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 Posted: Sun Sep 14th, 2008 04:14 am
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44th VA INF wrote: Excellent oppion ole Ibelive that we should have broken off the battle after the 2nd day the attacks by longerstreet ont he right faln nearly seeced but was repulsed if that attack had seeced Lee could shell there flank from he round tops and rool up there line like a piece of paper forcin meade to evacuate and them we could have attacked them while they were on the move and deshtroy the army of the potamc and the war could have been won that day


Interesting use of "we".

Also interesting that you are a better tactician than Lee evidently was.

Time for a vocabulary lesson--FOG of WAR. This refers to the confusion and lack of clear judgment present in battles, campaigns, or even entire wars because those involved simply cannot know every important detail that will guarantee a positive outcome for their side. 

It means, in Lee's case, he simply could not know everything he had to know to make sound decisions at Gettysburg, especially given the state of technology of the times.  We can look back and judge Lee and Meade, but we know so much more than they did at the time. 

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