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csamilerp, I am talking about a Austerltiz type victory that so devastates an army that it cannot take the field again without significant reorganization. The only times this happened during the Civil War is when an army holed itself up and was captured (Donelson, Vicksburg, Petersburg/Appomattox). Nashville would probably also qualify. I cannot see any way the ANV could have accomplished this kind of feat at Gettysburg with Jackson, Lee, Forrest or any other commander given the numbers. The ANV cannot threaten Washington until the AOP is eliminated.

What evidence do you have that public mood in the north would have changed so much as to demand an end to the war in 1863? Citizens made their will evident at the ballot boxes and 1863 was an off year election. There were anti-draft race riots in 1863, but even this did not come close to affecting war policy. In 1862, Democrats made a large comeback because of war stagnation, and in 1864 Republicans (or actually it would be more accurate to call them the War Party) regained their large majorities.

Fedreb, thanks for the clarification on Brazil.

Mark

Last edited on Fri Oct 28th, 2011 11:20 am by Mark

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