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 Posted: Tue Jan 21st, 2014 06:33 pm
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Ok, let's set aside when Jackson came up with his RoE's for a moment and say they were in place during First Bull Run (Manassas). Go back to what Johan Steele said about both sides being in chaos after the battle. Jackson himself in his RoE's says to not let up pursuit as long as your men have the strength for it. It would seem neither side had the strength to continue the battle. The Army of the Potomac and the Army of the Shenandoah were just as tired as the retreating Army of Northern Virginia. On top of that the Southern forces were disorganized immediately following the battle. As they were tired and disorganized they did not have the strength to keep up a pursuit. By his own RoE's Jackson would have been foolish to try and immediately follow the ANV with an army like that.

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