GDG- "Lee's Illness Lost Gettysburg"

George Connell georgeconnell at
Thu Jan 26 20:42:39 CST 2012

I certainly hope he wasn't eating diarrhea.

A Fan of Commas in the Appropriate Places

On Jan 26, 2012, at 6:04 PM, CWMHTours at wrote:

> 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?
>> Jim
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