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 Posted: Thu Aug 16th, 2007 09:51 pm
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Even if Lee accomplishes the Austerlitz chimera so coveted by military thinkers of the time, he would have been like Hannibal following Cannae-too strong to challenge, too weak to conquer. The objective was too diminish the norths will to continue fighting by winning a decisive battle against the AoP, and relieve the pressure on Virginia. Though Lee was not seeking to hold Gettyesburg, he did seek a decisive battle with a Northern army, thus it is a campaign not a raid. You don't raid, by any definition, the main body of the enemy while seeking to utterly destroy it.

Just thought I would add my two cents to the raid/campaign discussion...

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