GDG- ISusquehanna River
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Tue Jan 24 22:38:19 CST 2012
Some interesting points: Jackson had family who lived in the area and had visited the Harrisburg area prior to the war. He was familiar with the area and with the Susquehanna. One can be forgiven for wondering what kinds of discussions the two had in the winter of '62-'63 and in the weeks prior to Chancellorsville regarding the possibility of capturing Pennsylvania's capital city.
From: George Connell georgeconnell at mac
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Subject: Re: GDG- ISusquehanna River
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Some relevant items from my Gettysburg notes:
• During the Antietam Campaign when General John Walker, just up from Richmond
ith his two-brigade division, reported to Lee at Frederick, he says Lee told
im that the Army was going to Harrisburg, destroy the Pennsylvania railroad
ridge, and then go to Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington. (B&L, vol. 3).
ee also R. E. Lee, Vol II, pp. 360-1 for on his thoughts on operating east of
he Susquehanna during this campaign.
• Dorsey Pender, June 28, 1863, June 28, 1863: "I hope we may be in Harrisburg
n three days..." Lee's Lieutenants, Vol III, pp.76-77.
• Lee to Ewell: “If Harrisburg comes within your means, capture it.” O.R.,
7, pt.3. p.914
• ..."orders were...issued to move upon Harrisburg. O.R., 27, pt. 2, p.. 316.
• June 28: Ewell ordered Rhodes to cross the river and capture Harrisburg. Rich
ohr, Gettysburg LBG, 8/6/6
• Lee’s orders to Hill on June 28 were to follow in trace of Early, cross the
usquehanna downstream from Harrisburg, and seize the railroad between
arrisburg and Philadelphia. James Robertson, General A. P. Hill, p. 204
• "Then 'Jeb' started the entire column for Carlisle, vis Dillsburg. He chose
his objective because he reasoned that if the SOuthern infantry had advanced to
he Susquehanna and were not in the vicinity of York, they must be around
arlisle or Harrisburg." Lee's Lieutenants, Vol III, p. 137.
• Lee: “To-morrow, gentlemen, we will not move to Harrisburg as expected, but
ill go over to Gettysburg and see what General Meade is after.” Gettysburg
obody Knows, pp 110-111.
• Lee was going to Harrisburg. So say the document and spontaneous utterances.
e changed his mind because of a lack of cavalry to block the passes. Tony
icastro, LGB, in a lecture to the Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide class,
• In Lee’s perfect world: he would dig in at Cashtown, block the passes, wait
or Stuart, and head for Harrisburg if possible. Tony Nicastro, LGB, in a
ecture to the Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide class, 6/28/6
Now that's ten citations from eight respected sources; I have more but it gets
You can moan, you can grumble, and you can speculate, but what you cannot do is
oubt any longer. Lee was going to Harrisburg (and other points east of the
usquehanna)--and he was taking a lot of infantry with him.
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