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 Posted: Sun Sep 21st, 2008 02:14 am
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No question. While Lee was beating out flames on his porch, the kitchen, parlor and bedrooms were being consumed. (The west. Grant actually said something like this in a post-war interview.)

I'm glad your friend said the "significance of the loss," rather than the "loss," of Vicksburg. I don't figure that Vicksburg itself was all that important, but its loss was certainly significant in that, from that point on the boys in blue marched with relative impunity across the entire south. (Leaving Lee on his porch to which there was no longer a house attached.)

Note to our young friends: That last sentence is not to be emulated. It is one of the most convoluted, abstruse sentences I've ever written.


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