GDG- A little clarification please.

William Baetz wbaetz at
Thu Jan 26 14:51:05 CST 2012

I tend to favor the notion that Harrisburg was a decoy to draw Union  
forces out into the open. I absolutely believe that Lee would have  
sent forces into the city, primarily to destroy railroad  
infrastructure, damage manufacturing operations, capture supplies, and  
generally create further panic in the north, but holding the city was  
never an option. I believe there was a relatively small window of  
opportunity for the ANV to operate in Pennsylvania.

On Jan 26, 2012, at 2:13 PM, keith mackenzie wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> I've read a couple of posts where the esteemed member insisted that  
> Lee did not intend to hold Harrisburg if he did in fact assault and  
> take it.
> I don't know if it was more than one poster or only one several times.
> My
> question is, does anyone think he would have attempted to hold it? I  
> don't think anyone has put forward that POV, but I might have missed  
> it.
> thanks
> K.
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