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 Posted: Mon Jan 30th, 2006 12:42 pm
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I accept all you say, but in trying to get into Lee's mind I feel that he was after a Napoleonic style decisive victory and had he immediately counter attacked Burnside on the 14th Dec he may well have stood a chance of achieving this.  However having missed the opportunity he really did need to consolidate and feed and replenish his army.

But my question here is what do you think his plan was when the weather improved....was he intending to cross the Rappahannock and try to hit Burnside's supply lines and in doing so further destroy the moral of the Unions and perhaps sway public opinion which may in turn have resulted in a change of government and then perhaps peace.  Or was he waiting to see what Burnside was going to do, thus making him a reactive General rather than a proactive General?


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