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Posted By: on: 08/27/2000 10:13:49 EDT
Subject: RE: Gettysburg and should Meade have persued Lee?

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Hi folks,

Well you guessed it by the title, I am the son of Jim TNO. My dad suggested that I bring my question before you folks so here goes..

Should Meade have persued Lee more vigoroously? Or was the AOP just as badly mauled as the ANV and that trully prevented it from doing so!

And if the AOP had chased the ANV and caught it BEFORE it got to the river, does the war end there as the ANV is destroyed?

THanks

Steve



Steve,
I don't know if the AOP was that badly mangled to persue Lee. That was the excuse Meade gave Lincoln. Another thing to keep in mind in my opinion was that at this point the officers who led the AOP were interested in just making sure they repulsed the invasion. Kicking the ANV out of Pennsylvania was the main objective and if the ANV was destroyed in the process so be it. Lincoln was probably the only person with and "say" at this point of the war who knew it was going to take the defeat of the army to end the war.

M. Hawthorne (bluelady)



Now you do have to give the AoP some credit because there was some pusuit after the battle along with a few skirmishes

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