GDG- ISusquehanna River

John Lawrence jlawrence at
Wed Jan 25 17:21:22 CST 2012

Would this be the same general Trimble Lee had earlier sent to help some troops that, when Trimble got there, Lee had already withdrawn them?
If so, it pretty much destroys any theory  that something credible was up as far as Harrisburg goes.

Tom <bunco973 at> wrote:

>Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>There is a book "North With Lee And Jackson" by James Kegel that extensively 
>goes through Lee & Jackson's strategies throughout the earlier campaigns - 
>and how some of it related to the decisions of the invasion of the north - 
>particularly Gettysburg (i.e. Lee & Jackson - then post-Jackson). The author 
>used a lot of primary & secondary sources, and makes a good argument that 
>Gettysburg - particularly Harrisburg was in the planning quite awhile before 
>1863. One of his footnotes from the Southern Historical Society Papers - 
>Vol. 26,pp. 116-128, that on the afternoon of June 27, 1863 - Lee had said 
>to Trimble " General Ewell's Forces are by this time in Harrisburg; if not, 
>go and join him and help (him) to take the place."  Not exactly a smoking 
>gun, and I don't have the SHSP, thus who recorded this exchange, but it is 
>Tom B.
>On Jan 24, 2012, at 23:38, atmackeyjr at wrote:
>> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>> 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.
>> Best Regards,
>> Al Mackey
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