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 Posted: Sat Sep 27th, 2008 01:17 am
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pamc153PA wrote: And of course, darkness was always a good cover to slip away into, which was used by both the Union and Confederates. It's funny, though, because I would tend to think that slipping away in the night is a sort of. . . wimpy thing to do, but it seems that it was viewed as a tactic, not a cop-out. It makes sense, if you think about it.



When the war started there were many who thought digging entrenchments and fighting behind temporary fortifications, stone walls, mud banks, etc. were whimpy, cowardly ways to fight. As the war wore on, the wisdom of such actions became evident and both sides employed such defensive actions.

I would put slipping away in the night in a similar light. It was smarter to get away alive and fight another day perhaps under more favorable circumstances  than to hang around in an untenable situation risking heavy loss of life, loss or artillery and ordnance, horses and mules and all that an army could lose in an impossible-to-win battle.

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