GDG- A little clarification please.

Jack Lawrence jlawrence at
Thu Jan 26 15:10:55 CST 2012

Not that it makes a difference, but that is my take also.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William Baetz" <wbaetz at>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at>
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:51 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- A little clarification please.

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> 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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