GDG- Inevitable defeat

Jack Lawrence jlawrence at kc.rr.com
Tue Jan 24 19:55:57 CST 2012


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Matt Diestel" <agatematt at gmail.com>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at arthes.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- Inevitable defeat


> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>>
>> Esteemed GDG Member Jack Lawrence Contributes:
>>
>
>
>> As an addendum and not a counterpoint, Both the ANV and the AoP divided
>> their forces prior to the battle.
>> The ANV dived its forces to draw the AoP out of its rear, it was already
>> trapped, so what the hey.
>> The AoP divided it's forces to intercept a confederat lunge out of the
>> Cumberland that was never going to happen.
>> Then the two armies blundered together and threw everything they had in
>> piecemeal.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Jack
>>
>>    As an addendum to the addendum --- the instructions given Meade was 
>> not
>> to only intercept Lee but to cover the city of Washington at the same 
>> time.
>> Given those orders, the pre-battle deployment of the AOP was perhaps the
>> best options Meade had to accomplished two very separate primary missions
>> requiring the army to act in both an offensive and defensive mode at the
>> same time.
>
>                With regards,
>                        Chet
>Chet,

His specific orders were not to intercept Lee and cover Washington.

They were to cover washington and ddefeat Lee.

Little more leeway in that.

Regards,

Jack
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Hooker had consistently wanted to grapple lee down on the river, and IMHO, 
was content foe Lee to come back out. 





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