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 Posted: Wed Apr 17th, 2013 02:55 pm
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Hellcat-

  Without having documentation at hand, I would have to believe that by 1864 and 1865, most of the soldiers in General Lee's army were battle hardened veterans. By the later stages of the war, those who remained were likely to be the most dedicated to the cause of the CSA. For this and other reasons, depriving General Lee of these soldiers was much more important to General Grant than getting back a like number of his own soldiers.

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