- Jul 8, 2015
McCLELLAN with or without the orders did not defeat the Confederate army ,it was considered a draw' At least Meade went after Lee after his Gettysburg Both battles achieved for the North one accomplishment ,they halted the Confederate army from going just so far North,Just wondering,reading the achievements of calvary on both sides,imagine a massive calvary ,as like the mongols or huns had,leading Union cavalry attacking Atlanta or Richmond and for the Confederates ,Washington or a vitely transport center,The armies would be engaged against against each other to assist the cavalry.Union cavalry under Sheridan ,Confederate under Forest.Possible or just not logical on a military scheme ?
I have to disagree with your statement that Mac 'did not defeat the Confederate army' at Antietam. It's certainly true that the 'victory' was very costly and that the Union forces failed to exploit their victory in the way they could have, or should have, but it was a victory nonetheless. The postwar testimony from Longstreet that the Confederates came perilously close to losing the war at the battle should count as conclusive evidence that it was a victory (even if a limited vctory) for McClellan.