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 Posted: Mon Oct 6th, 2008 03:15 pm
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JDC Duncan wrote: btw, Duke,
I don't know about "minority"

your POV is certainly shared by many,
and can be successfully argued...


It most certainly can -- and has been. The movie, Gettysburg, did Ewell, Stuart and Longstreet no favors. Although it's an intriguing story, Shaara's book leaned heavily on traditional history -- much of it stamped heavily with "Lost Cause" inclination to shift all blame away from Lee.

Stuart did what he thought he was supposed to do (albeit with some embellishment). Ewell did what he thought was possible with the force he had on hand. Longstreet followed his orders (perhaps too reluctantly and too rigidly).

We've had a recent flurry of scholarly re-examinations of the battle; they are strongly recommended.

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