1311Re: was burnside at fault for antietam???
- Mar 31, 2004--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "david lutton" <dunkerch@c...>
> The political "windfall " made from this perceived victory by somevery
> astute politicians including Lincoln was simply putting on thebest face on
> its results. I don't think many at the time considered it a greatvictory.
>army in the
> Mac's primary concern should have been the defeat of the rebel
> field. I simply feel that with the advantages given him during thereasonably
> campaign, a more decisive military outcome could have been
> expected..First all battles are political events and victory or defeat is
Second, the AoNV was unable to continue the invasion of Maryland and
forced back into Virginia. This was not Lee's plan so I think we
can say that the was defeated. In which case Mac did complete
his "primary concern" and defeate the AoNV.
"More decisive military outcome", as has been pointed out, just
wasn't a reasonable expectation, not after the Seven Days or after
Gettysburg. Many people, then and now, had very high expectations
of the result of a battle and never seemed to get them full filled.
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