You state pretty much what Joe Harsh and Charles Marshall both
comment on regarding Lee's options right around the time of
BTW, what are your feelings about the entire manner in which
Stuart handled his duties as screening the ANV from the AoP and
keeping Lee informed of all AoP movements?
IIRC, Harsh seems to be rather critical of Stuart's performance
during the First Maryland Campaign....
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Downey" <brdowney@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 9:24 AM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Who's posting here?
> > Gerry writes:
> >> ... John Pope's Army of Virginia might have been so soundly
> >> defeated that the Maryland campaign might not have been
> and, in part, Harry said:
> > Anyway, in answer to your query, yes, the ANV missed out on a
> > golden opportunity.
> [I don't usually like "what-if" scenarios, but I think this one
> be illustrative of the basic drive behind Lee's invasion
> Ah, golden oppty, yes, but short of complete Federal surrender
> Pope is destroyed, I think the Maryland Campaign was
> is, even if Pope is completely supressed, the Union still
> fights on.
> Even if the greater part of Pope's army were captured or
> the remaining forces defending Washington, the next obvious
> objective, are still sufficient to at least require a
> Lee's correspondence suggests he's not going to be able to wage
> a fight, nor (I'm assuming) is he anxious to quarter his troops
> Va and wait for the enemy to make a move. Between the loss of
> initiative and the lack of supplies and forage, I think he's
> out of good options, even with Pope and most of the AoP gone.
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