Can you cite examples of said Union atrocities in Virginia?Reading his letters to his family is a good clue. My humble understanding is that he never expected to win a war. The best that he felt he could hope for was to make the conflict so costly and abhorrent to the northern voters, that northern voters would demand the northern government to negotiate peace. He understood from the start that if the north kept it's will to fight that eventually the south would be crushed.
If you read first hand accounts, those books say that there were a lot of men, including Lee, who didn't want to fight anyone. One book said that the biggest recruiter for the southern forces was the northern army. It said that when the northern forces invaded Virginia, the atrocities they committed forced men, especially along the border, into the army to defend their families. And that those atrocities were the biggest recruiter for Morgan.
You can find this information by reading these books.Can you cite examples of said Union atrocities in Virginia?
Sirs, so is it reasonable to submit that the re-election of Lincoln in '64 was his own personal turning point?The best that he felt he could hope for was to make the conflict so costly and abhorrent to the northern voters, that northern voters would demand the northern government to negotiate peace.
"Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less."Nevertheless, Lee continued the struggle for another 5 months. Was this simply a forlorn hope or was Lee acting on inertia and his own sense of obligation to his ANV?
Can you cite a page number to avoid reading the whole book? I don't recall anything similar to the Lawrence Massacre in Virginia by Union soldiers.You can find this information by reading these books.
Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 (Collector's Library of the Civil War) Leather Bound – October, 1982 by Carlton McCarthy (Author)
Mosby's Rangers (Collector's Library of the Civil War) reprinted January, 1983
byJames Joseph Williamson (Author)
Four Years in the Saddle: 1861~1865 (Abridged, Annotated)Paperback – November 11, 2016
by Author Harry Gilmor (Author)