GDG- ISusquehanna River

Tom bunco973 at optonline.net
Tue Jan 24 18:13:34 CST 2012


   Would have typed it out - but for the sake of clarity and timeliness - 
link is better. (Plus I type with 2 fingers;-D) And forgive me Peter - I 
meant to include you ;-D

Regards,
Tom B.




-----Original Message----- 
From: Tom
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 7:08 PM
To: GDG
Subject: Re: GDG- ISusquehanna River

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
   Sorry, more specifically , re: your below posts on Harrisburg - the same
link - but the article " Our Whole Force Was Directed ........... ". On Pg.
103 - "Why Harrisburg" (scroll down in the PDF to Page 103._

Regards, Tom B.




-----Original Message----- 
From: Tom Barrett
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 5:26 PM
To: 'GDG'
Subject: Re: GDG- ISusquehanna River

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:

When we discussed this in some detail a couple of months ago, I was left
with the impression that most everybody agreed that Lee, being in possession
of some common sense, and being able to read maps, was using Harrisburg the
way a matador uses a red cape. His real intent was to have the AOP rushing
wildly after him (like a bull) and to defeat it piecemeal.

Sending a force into Harrisburg was a good idea.  Preferably cavalry.  But
it made no sense for him to get a slow moving force trapped on the East side
of the Susquehanna until AFTER he'd sent the AOP home with its tail between
its legs. (Then he could move on to Boston, Buffalo, Syracuse or wherever.)

Of course, things never got that far, but I think he would have "sacked"
Harrisburg, wrecked the railroad, burned the warehouses, and waited for the
inevitable reaction- but waited on the West side of the river.

Regards,

TB

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