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 Posted: Wed Nov 2nd, 2011 05:12 pm
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j harold 587

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The federal lines at Gettysburg were a triangle defense. The fishhook was not mentioned untill the 1880s. The training of the time taught that a commander would strike each leg of the triangle and if no breakthrough was acheived the assault the point as the reasoning was that the center had been weakened to reenforce the legs. The West Point trained commanders in the center were anticipating an assault there as several regiments who were armed with smoothbore muskets had advised their troops to double charge their cartridges in anticipation of an assault. Lee also had received inteligence from the Georgians who had a temporary breakthrough on 07/02.

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