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 Posted: Sun Jun 10th, 2012 11:37 pm
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Mark wrote:
I agree Cleburne, but would the Confederate public have supported him? I'm not sure. Either way, it would have been hard to replace the ANV as a fighting unit and as a psychological grounding point for the Confederate people.


It's all speculation anyway because I find it difficult to imagine a scenario in which a general with McClellan's fighting style could ever have definitively defeated Lee at Antietam.

But let's just say that unlikely event did happen, it would have had an impact on morale in the South, no doubt. However, the South did face a seriously demoralizing double defeat in July 1863 when Lee left Gettysburg and Grant took Vicksburg. As daunting as that was, a substantial defeat in both theaters, the South continued to soldier on. Of course, Lee's army was still intact in spite of heavy losses.

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