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 Posted: Wed Aug 5th, 2009 03:25 pm
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pamc153PA wrote: Meade, coming onto the field late on the first day, July 1, didn't have the luxury of rumination about who he was going to choose to replace Reynolds. I'm sure Howard put his two cents' worth in about who it should be. Really, Meade had only four generals to realistically choose from: Doubleday, David Birney, Carl Schurz (too much the political appointee for Meade's liking), and John Newton.

Doubleday had done a terrific job at taking over command of the First Corps after Reynolds had been killed... 

Good points and more apparent 146 years later than on July 1, 1863.
Of course, the men on the ground are making quick decisions in the fog of war.
All Meade *may* have known is that Doubleday lost the ground on which Reynolds was killed and most of the corps as well. At the end of 7/1, the 1st corps was the ½ corps.

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