- Jul 23, 2020
Not only do you have a Union line there that's fairly solid, you also have the problem that gaining the Round Tops themselves doesn't actually inflict serious threat on Meade's line - you need to push past them to gain control of the road and thus begin rolling up the Federal flank, but if you're doing this with the fresh troops then you're not pressuring the Union centre and consequently Meade can pull troops out of that area to form a new reserve. He has more time to react, basically.
Remember that the Round Tops weren't a target on July 2 - nobody actually considered them useful. It was all a SNAFU that led to fighting over them because a Confederate division veered off course when its commander went down.
I agree with several of your points but still don't think attacking the Union center offered the greatest chance of success.
I guess that's why they call it a "What if".