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| Posted By: on: 07/25/2000 23:57:20 EDT
Subject: RE: Re: Stuart's Ride
(This is actually a continuation of the thread started by NewYawk under "Thank You Henry")
Did Stuart disobey his orders?
Should Lee have used other Cavalry?
I have seen where only Jenkins was at Gettysburg with Lee. This is correct, however there were also two other brigades of cavalry that Lee did not call up to Gettysburg. Instead he chose to have them guard the mountain passes that served as Lee's supply, communication, and retreat route. These other two brigades were John Imboden and William "Grumble" Jones brigades. Therefore Lee could have had three brigades of cavalry at Gettysburg with him. Needless to say this would have been plenty to scout the AoP's position. Why did Lee not use these brigades? I don't know if anybody will ever know that, but it was one of many mistakes that happened during the battle of Gettysburg.
Also Stuart did not take a joyride. He was blocked by the II corps so he had to ride around parts of the AoP in order to avoid being cut off from the ANV.
I do not believe that Stuart was out on a joyride at all, and it was Lee's fault that he did not have enough cavalry at Gettysburg.
The Confederacy had one or two companies of cavalry with each division at the battle of Gettysburg.