GDG- A little clarification please.

keith mackenzie bluzdad at
Thu Jan 26 21:02:50 CST 2012

It seems that everyone agrees that if Lee had gone to Harrisburg, he would not have tried to stay there any longer than necessary. So then, the contentious issue is wether he really planned on going there at all? 
 (This is a "Just Occurred to Me" question): If his goal was to draw the AoP north, how far north was far enough? 

>> 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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