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 Posted: Tue Aug 7th, 2012 01:07 am
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Gotta confess, I really didn't realize until I heard Gallagher say it last night, that Grant's armies suffered "only" 35,000 casualties throughout the entire war, but in contrast Lee's Army of Northern Virginia suffered 95,000 casualties in the three years he led the ANV. I had no idea the difference was so stark. If anything, I would have thought the casualty toll would have been the reverse.

What's more, Lee could ill afford to lose that many men. Gallagher says a soldier who started with Lee in 1862 had a staggering 75% probabilty of becoming a casualty by the end of the war!

I didn't know matters were so dangerous under Lee, but, yes, he did win battles. However, no wonder his army was in such dire staits by April 1865.

Last edited on Tue Aug 7th, 2012 01:08 am by CleburneFan

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