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 Posted: Fri Dec 15th, 2006 10:58 am
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calcav.  When Lee invaded Maryland the first time he lost many soldiers to straggling and to the fact that some soldiers thought it wrong to invade the north.  On the march from Chantilly to Leesburg many men just went home.  But after Sharpsburg the rejoined the army such that about a month after the battle Lee counted over 65k soldiers in the nva where he only took about 50k into Maryland.  So this show to me the unwillingness of command to carry out corporal punishment on the Southern side.  Could have been that they realized the South had a manpower shortage. 

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