GDG- Lee - Harrisburg

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
Sat Jan 28 09:23:09 CST 2012

If I were Lee I would not want to give up a single man or  cannon.  Always 
strike with overwhelming force.
A  Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,

In a message dated 1/28/2012 10:18:12 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
jgrim1941 at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
Esteemed Members

Why did Lee not want to  send troops west after his victory at
Chancellorsville??  I know I'm  being very simplistic but sometimes simple
can be the answer.  Lee was  the commander of the ANV not the overall
Confederate commander.  Why  would he want to diminish his own army and get
mixed up with what was going  on west of him???  Lee probably had a decent
idea of what  reinforcements might be available to him along the east coast
and how  competent some of those generals might be.  Also, he had lost
Jackson  and that was a problem.

On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM, George  Connell 
<georgeconnell at>wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:
> Because it wasn't a good plan. Davis, a man from the  West, no fool, and
> quite capable of making his own decisions, saw  this. I wish you could 
> I will convince you--someday,  someday, someday....
> George
> 26ª11'56"N    81ª48'19W"
> On Jan 27, 2012, at 4:41 PM, John Lawrence  wrote:
> > Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> > Of  course this was after Lee shot down the initial plan to reinforce 
>  west.
> > Regards,
> > Jack
> >
> > George  Connell <georgeconnell at> wrote:
> >
> >>  Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> >> It's a fact that Lee spent  two days in Richmond (I think it was two;
> I'm on a trip and away from  my books) with Davis going over options. It's
> also a fact that Davis  and his entire cabinet (with one vote 
> being Reagan, the  postmaster general and a pretty smart guy) voted in 
> of the move  into Pennsylvania. These were not shy men, nor men of limited
>  intelligence, but rather men of considerable experience, some of whom  
> vested interests in the West. I don't think Lee pulled a fast  one.
> >>
> >> When you consider the options  carefully, sending troops west was not a
> good idea. I have explained  why before and would be happy to do so again
> after this trip. Sending  Lee and troops that way would have been a lot
> better, but then who  would replace Lee. I think the fundamental problem 
> that point in  the war was that the Confederacy lacked sufficient 
> top-level  commanders. This was less a troop-strength problem than a
>  find-a-good-aggressive-commander problem.
> >>
> >>  Regards,
> >>
> >> George
> >>  26ª11'56"N   81ª48'19W"
> >>
> >> On Jan 27,  2012, at 12:33 PM, John Grim wrote:
> >>
> >>>  Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> >>> Esteemed Members
>  >>>
> >>> Most of us know the usual facts of Lee's  advance in June towards
> >>> Harrisburg.  I subscribe to  the side that believes Lee went north to
> take
> >>> the  war away from Virginia so crops could be harvested and replanted
>  and
> >>> that troops might be drawn away from Grant and that  there might be
> >>> political advantage to be gained.  I  cannot picture Lee being
> successful
> >>> east of  Harrisburg with the river at his back and having to contend
>  with
> >>> Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and its forts as  well as the
> various
> >>> units of the Union army  gathering around him.  Yes, militia units 
> not
>  >>> regulars but they can picket railroads, bridges, guard POW's  and
> generally
> >>> get in the way.  Lee's  communications and supply lines would be
> extended
> >>>  further and further and he would be further away from the protection
>  of the
> >>> mountains and their passes.  As it was it  took him 10 days to get 
> to
> >>> Virginia from  Gettysburg.  He may have been able to live off the land
>  near
> >>> Harrisburg but where would his munitions and  replacements come from??
>  How
> >>> long could he  stay away from Richmond with only Corse and Jenkins
> covering
>  >>> that area?  I just don't see it but I am willing to consider  other
> >>> opinions.  Lee's operation was not a go for  broke.  He had limited
> goals
> >>> and limited  expectations.   Getting his wounded back to Virginia 
>  >>> probably have been impossible from east of Harrisburg and he  
> would
> >>> not have gotten his Gettysburg  wounded back.
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