GDG- "Lee's Illness Lost Gettysburg"

Jack Lawrence jlawrence at
Thu Jan 26 17:30:18 CST 2012

There is no such thing as a minor heart attack,
I hace had six.
You either live or die.
My first 5, I was in so much pain I just sat dow for awhile...and was fully 
operational after it passed.
I thought it was something else.

My last one, the pain was so bad as I crawled across the bed to call for 
help.....i woke up the next morning.
There is such a thing as a "silent" heart attack. You do not feel those. 
they just damage your heart and you just keep going. But your heart attack.

This stuff floats to the top about Lee all the time.

There just has to be some reason Bobby Lee lost.



 ----- Original Message ----- 
From: <CWMHTours at>
To: <gettysburg at>
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 5:04 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- "Lee's Illness Lost Gettysburg"

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> What I've heard, and Coddington went into it a bit, Lee had a  minor heart
> attack or something.   A modern cardiologist could  probably identify the
> symptoms.
> But one effect could have been fatigue.  Lee would  already be pretty
> fatigued just from all the riding and he certainly didn't live  for long 
> after
> the war.  Then if he wasn't eating diarhea could have been  an issue.
> A  Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
> Peter
> In a message dated 1/26/2012 3:22:05 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> jlawrence at writes:
> Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
> I think the last thing on this was written by Chuck  Teavue, which should
> establish a benchmark to work from.
> Having spent most  of my years in military medicine, on the combat side, I
> was less than  impressed with these things.
> In the 19th century there were more health  fatalities than combat
> In WW II, Merrill's command went into combat  with the seats of there 
> pants
> cut out, due to dysentery.
> I cannot see  an army commander not functioning because of health, unless
> he was  comatose.
> If he was healthy enough to tell Longstreet to quit his whining,  he was
> healthy enough to command.
> But, I have not read the  article.
> Let us know, will you
> Regards,
> Jack
> Jim  Ferguson <jaferg at> wrote:
>>Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:
>>Over the years we have had several/many  discussions about Lee's health at
>>Gettysburg. Coppolino's article in  the current Gettysburg Magazine is
> pretty
>>clear about it. Any comments  yet?
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