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Fighting on Strange Ground: Confederates at Gettysburg

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by USS ALASKA, May 5, 2017.

  1. USS ALASKA

    USS ALASKA Sergeant

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    This particular article is somewhat of a joke :smile: It contains zero references, makes platitude statements like:
    and ignores basic facts like:
    • Several people from Lee's army, including a Corps commander knew the area well, since they were either from the area or spent plenty of time in the area in the Carlisle Barrocks
    • One full division of Lee's army passed through Gettysburg on its way to York (and part of it to Wrightsville) about a week before that battle and knew the roads and topography pretty well...
    The author is a map guy and his premise that unless you have a map, you don't know the area, is well short sighted ...
     
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    Also ignores that that Lee/jackson had Jed Hotchkiss drawing maps of that area months ahead of the battle
     
  5. Tom Elmore

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    I don't think a lack of adequate maps was an issue for the Confederate army. On June 26, Maj. Gen. Early personally took an 1858 map of Adams County, Pennsylvania that was hanging in Mary Bruch’s tavern in the Cashtown pass. This map can be found online - it contains a great amount of detail on the road networks, towns and names of individual farm owners.

    On June 18, Jedediah Hotchkiss was working on a map of Maryland and Pennsylvania for Maj. Gen. Rodes, which was likely also examined that day by Lt. Gen. Ewell and Maj. Sorrell of Longstreet's staff. On June 24, Hotchkiss procured some maps in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. On June 25, Hotchkiss met with Ewell, Early and Rodes. On June 29, Hotchkiss made a map of Adams County, when Gettysburg was already being mentioned as a destination point. On the morning of July 2, Hotchkiss mentioned that Lee came to Ewell's headquarters to plan the attack that took place later in the day. (Excerpts from Hotchkiss' Journal, Supplement to the Official Records.)
     
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    Didn't think they headed north as blindly as suggested - thats why I posted here to get input from those much more knowledgeable than I.

    Thanks!
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    I wonder what Gen. Lee would say if he could see all this? I can't help but think that he would tell all the protesters to go and let it go.
     
  9. John S. Carter

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    Then the question is if Lee had knowledge why attack such a forrified position? Why not as Longstreet suggested and just walk away or at least try to go around ?This was not Virginia ,he now was the invader.Was he so convenced that he and his army could do here what they had accomplished against previous Union armies?
     
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    Longstreet's suggestion wasn't particularly feasible. The roads that the army would have to use move away from Washington rather than toward the city which would allow the Army of the Potomac to move along the inside route and move into position faster than Lee could.

    So, if he can't reposition his army, he either has to retreat or fight it out. And Lee was not going to retreat back to Virginia without even trying to fight. That's just not who Lee was as a general.

    Ryan
     
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