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Posted By: on: 09/26/2000 21:31:46 EDT
Subject: RE: Lee/Jackson/Longstreet

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Shotgun; Thanks, I appreciate your efforts!Now having read your article, I see exactly whta you are talking about and I agree.
Just a personal note, I thank each of the chat room for my warm welcome. I am just learning and not very well read , so your patience is well received.


>Camp Herndon, Va.
September 26, 2000

All Civil War Buffs:

              The Lee, Jackson, Longstreet relationship was very unique in the annals of warfare. Lee understood these commanders and their abilities probably as well as they understood themselves. Lee knew, above all else, that Longstreet would fight to the last man if ordered to do so and that Jackson could move men and material faster and farther than any commander in any army and was not shy about taking the initiative . One has to understand that Lee and Longstreet, while both were great commanders, had two different styles of fighting. Longstreet liked defensive warfare. Draw the enemy into a position that you chose, let him strike and then counterattack. Lee on the other hand, while forced by circumstances to fight mostly defense, used "offensive " techniques. That is, maneuver, concentrate, and attack, which also happened to be somewhat the same style as Jackson.
              Because of his relationship with Longstreet, Lee trusted his judgement and in fact missed more than one opportunity by listening to him. The one time he did not listen was at Gettysburg on the 3rd day and that's what most folks remember. They forget that had Lee not listened to Longstreet early in August '62 he could have pinned Pope's army between the Rapidan and Rappahannock rivers and maybe destroyed it without ever engaging at 2nd Manassas. Then again when Lee and Longstreet arrived on the field at 2nd Manassas on the 29th of August '62 Lee wanted to strike immediately, Longstreet urged caution. Lee listened. If he had struck when he wanted to, there is a good possibility that the entire army of Pope would have been destroyed. He had Porter's entire corps separated from the main army by about two miles.
              It is interesting to look at this unique relationship between Lee, Jackson, and Longstreet and how Lee used that relationship to full advantage. Lee used Jackson as the "moving arm" of the army and Longstreet as the anchor. Think about it. It was Jackson that Lee sent on the end run around Pope that led to 2nd Manassas, not Longstreet. It was Jackson that Lee sent to Harpers Ferry in the Maryland Campaign, not Longstreet. It was Jackson that Lee sent around Hooker at Chancellorsville, not Longstreet. Once Jackson was no longer there, Lee did not have the "independent movement" in his army that he required for his style of warfare. The rest is history.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Dick (a.k.a. Shotgun)

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