GDG- ISusquehanna River

George Connell georgeconnell at me.com
Tue Jan 24 21:32:10 CST 2012


Jack,

I think you need to take another look at a map!

Regards,

George

On Jan 24, 2012, at 9:51 PM, Jack Lawrence <jlawrence at kc.rr.com> wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> I ignored it because the Susquehanna generally runs east and west.
> 
> Maybe Hotchkiss held the map sideways while Lee looked at it.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Jack
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <CWMHTours at aol.com>
> To: <gettysburg at arthes.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 8:33 PM
> Subject: Re: GDG- ISusquehanna River
> 
> 
>> 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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