GDG- ISusquehanna River

George Connell georgeconnell at me.com
Tue Jan 24 21:18:33 CST 2012


Peter,

I didn't say it; Lee said it. I gave you the precise references. Put down the shovel and look them up!

Regards,

George

On Jan 24, 2012, at 9:33 PM, CWMHTours at aol.com wrote:

> 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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