GDG- Susquehanna River
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Tue Jan 24 21:26:39 CST 2012
Actually there's some good cheap restaurants in Breezewood.
A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
In a message dated 1/24/2012 10:17:25 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
georgeconnell at me.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
First of all, your Faulkner comment is patronizing.
Second, you offer assertions as truths, without a shred of evidence in
Third, you dismiss with exactly one short, unsubstantiated sentence a long
discussion that includes nearly a dozen documented references.
On the other hand, we know that Lee had given "be prepared" instructions
to cross the Susquehanna to two of his three corps. We don't know what he
was planning for Longstreet's Corps, but a minimum of two-thirds of his army
over the river is more than a raid.
I speculate here, but if Lee had been able to defeat the AoP corps in
detail as they came up in ones or two and to achieve that victory he always
sought, why wouldn't he want to be east of the Susquehanna? That's where he
would need to be to exploit the victory by threatening Philadelphia and
Baltimore. What's west of it? Breezewood?
On Jan 24, 2012, at 9:27 PM, Jack Lawrence <jlawrence at kc.rr.com> wrote:
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> To: "'GDG'" <gettysburg at arthes.com
> 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).
> 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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