- Mar 11, 2017
- Colorado, Under A Pile of Snow
Meade lost an opportunity to destroy Lees army as it was retreating toward the Potomac. It has been said that Meade was satisfied with the victory and was in no big hurry to pursue the Army of Northern Virginia. It has also been said that getting the army moving again was difficult after battle. How was Grant able to do this during the overland campaign? I really think Meade lost an opportunity to end the war in July 1863. Lee had immense casualties and if attacked on the retreat would have had to fight and probably would have been forced to surrender. Was it justifiable that Meade waited to pursue Lee or was Lincoln right to criticize him for failing to get Lee and potentially ending the war?