What if....Joe Johnston had not been injured at Seven Pines

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dlavin

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Read a lot on here recently about the "what ifs" surrounding Gettysburg and other battles...but what if Johnston had not been injured and R E Lee succeeded him? Would Richmond have fallen? Johnston had been backing up all the way from Yorktown to the heels of Richmond. Would Lee had a chance somewhere else? Would there have been a "somewhere else" for Lee to go?

The domino effect would have been huge. Because we know what Lee did, and what Johnston did in assignments out west, all really stemming from his injury sustained during Seven Pines.
 
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Richmond would of fell shortly after due to his lack of aggression. Lee did not have the huge reputation that we know of him today when the war first broke out. Though he organized the Virginian defenses early in the war his poor commander appointments got him pinned with loosing West Virginia and was forced into an "office" position in Richmond. He probably would of been a nobody today, McCllean wins presidency in 1864, and the Democrats would of been a powerful in congress & the White House within a few years.
 
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