|View single post by JoanieReb|
|Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2007 08:00 am||
|General Clewell wrote:
"Joanie is a happy girl. Pipe Creek what? The Confederacy is saved and gets recognized. Seccession now has a precedent, slavery continues for another 30 years or so, and by the 20th century, we're faced with an illegal immigration problem from African Americans crossing the Virginia border".
I would like to make clear that I believe, even if the Battle of Gettysburg had been "won" by the ANV, this would NOT have meant that the South won the war.
The days of "Waterloo's" - that is, the single, definitive battle, was over.
This is far too complex for me to get into right now, and certainly a different thread, but as long as the war was not being won by The South in the western theatre, it was not being won, period.
And, "winning" at G-burg, for The South, could have only been measured in degrees: the ANV was not going to stomp The AoP out of existence.
Even if the ANV had put in a very good showing, once the balance sheets were balanced - well, hey - they would have lost more than they could have afforded to, anyway. The war simply would have been prolonged, I think.....
Lincoln still would have been re-elected, I'm almost sure.
But who knows?
Certainly not me,