|View single post by ebg|
|Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2012 03:18 pm||
|Lee's invasiion of Pennsylvania wasn't just an exercise in Napoleonic manuvering.
Lee had to set out to destroy the Army of the Potomac.
If Lee could destroy the Federal Army in the East, then he destroyed the North's ability to wage war in the East.
If the North could no longer wage war in the East, then Confederate resourse could be redirected exclusively to Johnston in the West.
If Lee had won Gettysburg...the South would have been saved, despite the previous victories of the Union at Vicksburg & New Orleans.
Gettysburg was the most critical battle of the Civil War because Lee HAD to win it in order to be able to redirect Confederate military resourse to the West.
After Gettysburg, Lee never had the ability again to destroy the Union Army.
We all know what happens after Gettysburg...Sherman attacking in the West, Sheridan attacking in the Shenandoah, and Grant attacking in the East was too much of a strain on Confederate military resources.
Last edited on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 03:20 pm by ebg