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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 02:26 pm
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If Meade was appointed in late June and had several days to look at his commanders, AND, knowing what he knew about Sickles, then why didn't he remove Sickles immediately?  I could never understand why Meade did what he did to Doubleday and nothing to Sickles...knowing what we know now about what Sickles did with the 3rd Corps.  He should have put Gibbons or Newton in command of the 3rd corps immediately upon appointment.  In fact, Sickles and Meade got into confrontations before Gettysburg and Meade had cause to relieve Sickles in late June.  He relieved Doubleday based on Howard's false report and for political reasons, yet he fought well on July 1st and July 2nd on Cemetery Hill.

Source:   The Meade-Sickles Controversy by Richard Sauers

                Chancellorsville and Gettysburg by Abner Doubleday

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