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 Posted: Wed Aug 15th, 2007 01:03 am
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Texas Defender

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    Antietam and Gettysburg, I think, were both battles and campaigns.(At least, I've seen them referred to as campaigns).  A campaign is usually described as a series of military operations conducted for a specific purpose.

   In both cases, the main objective for Lee seems to have been to win a decisive battle on northern soil. The benefits of this could have led to the demoralization of the northern population and/or foreign recognition of the CSA.

   Thus, it can be said that the Battle of Antietam was part of the Antietam Campaign, and a standoff there did not lead to Lee's main objective. Likewise, the Battle of Gettysburg was part of the Gettysburg Campaign. Obviously, a defensive victory there for the north did not achieve Lee's objective. Perhaps they are called that because those battles were the end of those campaigns, etc.

   Anyway, some things lend themselves to labels better than others.

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