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Posted By: on: 09/13/2000 23:17:56 EDT
Subject: RE: Day One.....

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Short answer: Longstreet was seeking a defensive battle. Therefore he probably would have heeded Lee's orders to concentrate the ANV in vicinity of Cashtown.
Once Ewell had moved back from H-burg and Hill come up from Chambersburg, the ANV could have established a strong defensive position near Cashtown at South Mountain. While Longstreet may have "developed" Buford's position, I don't think he would have gotten involved in a fight that sucked more and more brigades in.


I've been listening to Shelby Foote's "Stars in Their Courses" on tape and have been thinking...If Longstreet's I Corps had been the one who arrived first in Gettysburg on July 1, what would have happened? Would he have allowed them to go into the town? Done some reconitoring to determine the extent of Federal troop positions on Seminary and McPherson's ridges? How would he have reacted to the situation that Heth and Hill found on Day One? I'm curious to hear what you all have to say.

shari



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