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 Posted: Wed Aug 15th, 2007 11:46 pm
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Luckliy this isn't Punic War Interactive, so I have the courage to say that while I've  never seen the Battle of Gettysburg referred to as a raid, Lee's campaign north did involve dozens of raids. The second purpose of Lee's incursion into Pennsylvania was the vital one of replenishing supplies, especially food supplies for his army and its horses and mules.

Thus all along the way, raiding parties went out to procure livestock, poultry, produce, fodder for horses and mules, bridles, harnesses, brushes for the horses, saddles, wagons, and a wealth of other "plunder" such as whiskey, cigars, even calico cloth, toys, and every odd and end available that soldiers believed they could use. 

These raids were conducted all during the march to Pennsyvania, during the heat of battle at Gettysburg and even during the retreat afterward. In fact, Lee's retreat was complicated by the need to protect all the livestock and goods collected during the campaign. Wagons full of merchandise and fodder lengthened Lee's trains considerably, slowing their progress back to the Potomac. 

While Lee suffered a serious military setback at Gettysburg and lost a frightful amount of his manpower, the quantity of goods his men brought back from the campaign was enough to sustain the army for several months. Not only that, the highly successful raids relieved pressure on Virginian farmers who were able to harvest their crops while the ANV was out of state.

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