GDG- ISusquehanna River
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Wed Jan 25 16:47:53 CST 2012
You make good points.
I have problems tho with the idea of Lee moving his whole army into
Harrisburg and sitting there.
Granted there was some military value to the state capital but Lee's ace
was manueverabilty which he would lose if he occupies a town and then has to
defend it. I can see him sending in a detachment to destroy any military
goods but Harrisburg was pretty much a pipsqueak town back then.
Plus I can't see him putting the bulk of his army on the wrong side of the
I think all the talk about Harrisburg was just that, talk put out t
I can't see him taking Baltimore either. What are you going to do with it
once you got it?
A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
In a message dated 1/25/2012 9:37:30 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
cameron2 at optimum.net writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
<< If Lee intended to move Ewell's Corps and Hill's Corps across the
river (as he stated) it's a pretty safe bet he wasn't going to leave
Longstreet's on the other side of a water barrier. I think it's not unreasonable to
speculate that Lee, the most audacious commander of the war, might have
been willing to fight the AoP east of the Susquehanna. There are some caveats,
however. He would need all his cavalry with him; detailed information on
the locations of the various Union corps; and the confidence that the AoP
corps were exhausted, strung out by a rushed pursuit, and not in position to
provide meaningful support to one another. >>
Which is quite a few caveats, and a lot of stuff he didn't have, and
wasn't likely to get. And if he does cross the Susquehanna, getting back over
now involves the far shore still being hostile territory, not VA.
Still, I do think he intended to cross a major force, if possible. I
wonder, though, if his preference wouldn't have been to continue to maneuver,
and maybe fight against any isolated Union force he might encounter, rather
than risk a general engagement under such circumstances. Although I can't
say I've ever devoted much thought to the matter, since it never did
Just as a thought, while it wouldn't have been something he could have
anticipated at the time, the post-battle rains which made crossing back into
VA so difficult could have created an extremely critical situation for Lee
if he need to recross the Susquehanna in a hurry after a reverse on the
eastern side of the river and had no bridges available.
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