GDG- "Lee's Illness Lost Gettysburg"

dherko at dherko at
Thu Jan 26 19:05:10 CST 2012

War is a young man's game.  After 22 years, my body was worn out.  Achillies Tendon surgery, Arthritic left hip, planter faceitis (sic), hearing loss... 12 months of walking around with armor and helmet in Iraq did nothing to improve my overall quality of life.  Not to mention, the burning garbage and human waste, oil fires and fumes.

I can imagine what these men went through, that being said Lee's condition, is irrelevent to the outcome of the campaign.

Don Herko

---- Tom Barrett <tbarrett21 at> wrote: 
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Somewhere in my reading on the subject over the last year or so there was as
> doctor who described carrying two "balls of medicine" in his right and left
> pockets.  One was something they used as a laxative to relieve constipation
> (caused by the diet) and the other was some form of opium to relieve
> diarrhea (usually caused by stuff in the water).  He'd walk down a line of
> troops, most of whom were suffering from one or the other, reach in his
> pocket and treat their symptoms.
> Anyway, that's how common opiates were during the war.
> One theory was that REL had dysentery during the BoG.  The treatment for
> that was opium or stronger. It will slow the diarrhea, but it has, uh, side
> effects.  Like "I can do anything!" side effects.
> Just saying.
> REL's performance at G'burg is a textbook example of how not to manage a
> battle.  I'm not "Lost Causing" him because he might have been hammered on
> opium.  I'm just wondering.  Heart attacks (been there) don't give you
> delusions of grandeur.
> Regards,
> TB

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