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 Posted: Wed May 16th, 2012 01:39 am
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Lee's army retreated from Gettysburg with much of his artillery and enough ordnance to fight off potential Union attackers. In fact his retreat was a study in logistics because of the impressive amount of war materiel the ANV managed to salvage including a wagon train of food and supplies and a wagon train of wounded officers and rank-and-file.

All this was achieved in spite of Union cavalry and even infantry snapping at Confederate heels all along the way. In fact, Lee even retreated with a considerable number of Union prisoners in tow.

What Lee left behind were primarily his dead, his most severely wounded men and some of his surgeons to help out.

I spoke of artillery and related equipment such as caissons, but even sidearms were replenished by rescuing guns from both fallen Confederate and fallen Union soldiers right on the battlefield.

There are two excellent books that deal with the topic of Lee's retreat from Gettysburg. One has more of an emphasis on logistics and one deals more with the skirmishes and battles that took place.

1. "Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign" by Kent Masterson Brown

2. "One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and The Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863" by Wittenburg, Petruzzi and Nugent

Last edited on Wed May 16th, 2012 01:50 am by CleburneFan

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