A long war meant more disruption and change then a short war.
I don't think the 7 Days Battle ended the Confederacy's chances for victory, it increased them.
However after the failure to capture Richmond, the stakes of the war grew higher. A long war meant more disruption and change then a short war. One of the unintended consequences of the 7 Days was emancipation.
By chance, this morning I read Three Years in the Army of the Cumberland page 121 James A. Connolly.I wonder … do we have any contemporary quotes, not post-war stuff, but actually at the time, from CSA generals musing about a Long War dooming them?
Yes Grant sacrificed a portion of his army to defeat Lee, and yes there were portions reverting to anarchy (border regions and portions of Sherman’s march especially).If Grant would of just sat in Northern Virginia and not tried to seize Richmond how would of that helped the Confederacy to win it's independence?
In the meantime the blockade is only getting tighter every month and significant parts of the Confederacy are revering to anarchy.
Grant was ordered to conduct the Overland Campaign vs Grant wanted to invade Virginia via the back door for New Berne, North Carolina.Yes Grant sacrificed a portion of his army to defeat Lee, and yes there were portions reverting to anarchy (border regions and portions of Sherman’s march especially).
True but arguably Lincoln was over cautious and Grant's strategy of invading Virginia through the back door of New Berne would of saved many lives.
The Seven Days had less to do with the performance of the ANV in the Maryland Campaign than the serious straggling that followed a month's hard marching and fighting at Cedar Mountain, Groveton, and Second Manassas. The army was already in bad shape from those and supposedly there were many who refused to cross the Potomac on the grounds they had enlisted to defend their states and not invade others.I've got to thinking, and I have come to the conclusion that the Seven Days campaign killed the confederacy's chance at being independent. I say this because of all of the Frontal assaults Lee ordered. Yes, they were effective, but he lost way too many men, way too soon in order for it to be justified in my opinion. Because of the massive casualty list, I don't think he had enough men for a clear victory at Sharpsburg. Sharpsburg was another hit the Army of Northern Virginia did not need.
Or was the Seven Days just like any battle, being that any casualty was one they couldn't afford?
Do we know how seriously Grant considered the New Berne approach? The little I've read on that seems to indicate that he discarded the idea quickly.
We know Grant considered it with an excellent sense of sound strategic thinking (nod to his 1862 predecessor with similar thoughts).