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 Posted: Fri Sep 8th, 2006 06:56 pm
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One thing I have come to 'not understand' ;)

In late 1864, with Lee pinned at Petersburg and Sheridan revealing the lack of fighting prowess in what was left of the ANV, why wasn't a large column directed from Washington into Central Virginia to threaten Lee's rear? Fredericksburg is a good jump off point and many troops could move from the Petersburg front.

I can think of a few reasons: impending winter weather, Grant's dislike of retrograde movements, lack of secure supply.

Sheridan's success at pretty much destroying the 2nd corps in open combat demonstrates (to me) the feasibility of the idea...

 

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