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 Posted: Sat Oct 24th, 2009 09:14 am
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Harpers Ferry was defended by anything from 10,000 to 14,000 troops (depending on which account you read)led by an inept Colonel, Dixon S Miles, who failed to set adequate defences, but would Lee have known that and really expect to take the place easily? He sent Jackson who himself had commanded there at the beginning of the war and knew the ground but a stronger Union command could have put up a much stiffer resistance.
Did Lee know that a copy of Special Order 191 was in Union hands?
Having fought McClennan on the Peninsular I think one thing that Lee did know was that he would be up against some good fighting men in the AotP but they would be led by a dithering commander.

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