Harry, Generally agree. "Lee" (or staff?) either under-estimated or
was unrealistically demanding in time allocation, and seems to have
under-estimated the difficulty of getting arty on Elk Ridge/Md Hgts
and the resistence Kershaw would encounter. In So Hist Coll at Chapel
Hill, there is a McLaws complaint of being blocked from prompt
movement by failure of Longstreet to move ahead, prompting McL to
seek an alternate route. (This is an "off-the-top" long ago recall on
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
> Spot on, Harry!
> Yr. Obt. Svt.
> G E "Gerry" Mayers
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Harry Smeltzer" <hjs21@...>
> To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2008 5:21 PM
> Subject: RE: [TalkAntietam] Re:"Unfurl Those Colors!"
> >I think Harsh has it right. Lee never really thought that the
> >garrison at
> > HF would hold out. The untenable nature of the place was well
> > known from
> > the beginning (see Joe Johnston in 1861), and it was pretty
> > much assumed the
> > garrison would flee, the only question being in what direction.
> > Halleck
> > unintentionally kicked over Lee's applecart by ordering Miles
> > to hold out.
> > It was that decision, or rather Lee's failure to consider that
> > option on the
> > 9th, that wrested the initiative from the Confederacy. This
> > was exacerbated
> > by Lee's inaccurate intel regarding the movement of the AotP up
> > to that
> > point. The blame for that rests firmly on the shoulders of JEB
> > Stuart, IMO.
> > Harry