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 Posted: Tue Dec 6th, 2011 12:33 am
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Forced an end to the war, how? Lincoln was not going to negotiate under any terms other than restoration of the Union. That was unacceptable to the Rebels. Plus, Grant is going to leave some troops out west, and the North is already recruiting thousands of freedmen in the Mississippi valley. Finally, if we are playing hypotheticals, who is to say that Thomas couldn't have broken the Chattanooga siege on his own? He proved to be a solid commander.

Albert, the militia doesn't have to fight a battle to be effective. They just have to cause enough logistical problems for the ANV through burning bridges, blocking defiles, etc. to hold up Lee for a couple weeks. That would not have been hard to do and would not have required any combat.


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