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 Posted: Thu Apr 26th, 2007 08:54 pm
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You are quite correct, Mr. White. Augusta was the place for powder. However, all the rails through Atlanta were gone. Augusta could have survived for a while, but powder wasn't what Lee needed most -- he needed food. (1/8 rations wouldn't keep my wife's dog alive.) I still believe he wanted to traipse cross-country without serious confrontation. Doing battle in Augusta looks like a good idea, but two months later he had cut the RR to Virginia without losing much more than a double handful of bummers in the process.

I'll agree that Augusta was a logical target, but it wasn't Sherman's intention to expend ammunition along the way. How was he to replace it? No. He wanted to show the Confederacy that it was finished -- a message that didn't need newspapers for its delivery.


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