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 Posted: Sat Oct 24th, 2009 11:26 am
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My guess is that Lee never knew he had to cut his losses.

He didn't know he'd be unable to generate support in western Maryland until he passed through the area.

It's also my understanding that he wasn't aware of the Lost Orders incident until he read about it several months hence in a Yankee newspaper.

And Jackson's capture of Harpers Ferry was hardly a hindrance at all. Harpers Ferry is pretty undefendable, commanded as it is by Bolivar, Loudon and Maryland Heights. It's just not a good place to be since it limits movement of the defender. As one Yankee wrote, Harpers Ferry 'is no more defensible than a well bottom.' The surrender of Dixon Miles' men was the largest capitulation of U.S. troops to that time until the fall of Corregidor in WWII.

The one thing that Lee knew was that he was going against McClellan, and that would probably be enough.

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