GDG- ISusquehanna River

Tom bunco973 at
Wed Jan 25 22:46:39 CST 2012

  LOL - so you're the one who started this ;-D - The posts even went so far 
as to which way the river flows - I agree, this group gave me some learning 
experience this time, reminds me of the old days !!!!

Tom B.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Dave Glorioso
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:19 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- ISusquehanna River

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
What a fantastic number of great posts in response to my post re the 
armchair general article that dissed Lee, his Harrisburg objective and 
frontal attacks.

Thank you
Has renewed my faith in GDG
We will never know the extent of Lee's intentions but it does appear 
Harrisburg was an important target.
It is great to see members posting the primary and secondary sources

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 25, 2012, at 5:53 PM, "Tom Ryan" <pennmardel at> wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Further to my previous post on this subject, here is what John Gordon 
> wrote
> in his "Reminiscences of the Civil War."
> "As my orders were not restricted, except to direct me to cross the
> Susquehanno, if possible, my immediate object was to move rapidly down 
> that
> raving to the river, then along its right bank to the bridge, seize it, 
> and
> cross to the Columbia side.  Once across, I intened to mount my men, if
> practicable, so as to pass rapidly through Lancaster in the direction of
> Philadelphia, and thus compel General Meade to send a portion of his army 
> to
> the defence of that city."
> Note that Gordon did not say he was actually intending to go all the way 
> to
> Philadelphia, and may have had reference to a feint in that direction to
> lure part of the AoP to the city's defense.
> Although Gordon has the reputation of not being the most reliable reporter
> of events in his memoirs, this statement does seem to coincide with what
> Early had to say as posted previously.
> Tom Ryan
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