GDG- ISusquehanna River

Jack Lawrence jlawrence at kc.rr.com
Tue Jan 24 20:51:52 CST 2012


I ignored it because the Susquehanna generally runs east and west.

Maybe Hotchkiss held the map sideways while Lee looked at it.

Regards,

Jack
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> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Jack...
>
> I am having some issues with the illustrious George in the  matter.
>
> He says that Lee was gonna put 2 corps east of the Susq R and  invest
> Harrisburg.
>
> Can you please address him in this matter?
>
> I really like the guy but I don't see no investment of the  city.
>
> Please talk to him about this.  I have such high regard  for the man that 
> I
> think it is worth the effort.
>
> ;-{)   !!!!!
>
> A  Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
> Peter
>
>
> In a message dated 1/24/2012 9:27:47 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> jlawrence at kc.rr.com writes:
>
> Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Tom  Barrett" <tbarrett21 at cox.net>
> To: "'GDG'"  <gettysburg at arthes.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 4:26  PM
> 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
>
> Hello.
>
> You are  correct, we have discussed this before. But no issues are settled
> on
> the  GDG.
>
> There is a certain innate Faulkner in many Lee admirers that  grandiosize
> Lee
> to an unsubstainable level.
>
> Thus, the Lee as  doomslayer. (I feel the same way about Lincoln the Great
> Emancipator, even  though that is an unrealistic perception and I know 
> it.)
>
> There was  never any intent, nor was there ever any means, to occupy
> Harrisburg. But,  as you point out, it was a good idea (and it  worked).
>
> Regards,
>
> Jack
>
> BTW: Haupt thought that Lee's goal  WAS to wreck the rail lines.
>
>
>
>
> I have cut the thread as the  length was getting  onerous.
>
>
>
>
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