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 Posted: Mon Aug 25th, 2008 01:29 am
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The Iron Duke

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"Lee's army had a punch left in it until he used it up at the Wilderness from then on the punch was gone. Lee fought off his back foot for the rest of the war."

Lee detached Ewell's Corps under Early and managed to get to the outskirts of Washington. That was a very audacious move on Lee's part and it shows that his army had plenty of punch left.

"Jerusalem Plank Road was nice victory but all it did was turn the union left but at the end of the day the position of the two armies had not change much, nothing achieved."

I'm not saying it did. What I'm saying is that Jerusalem Plank Road shows that even at that late date in 1864 Lee's army was still effective enough to rout an entire corps. That's a far cry from the paper tooth tiger that Lee's 1864 army is typically portrayed as and I blame this mostly on the Gettysburg myth.

"The point I was making is that Lee's army was becoming unable to preform daring or audacious moves by 1864 because it was becoming a shadow of it once glorious self."

Yes because of Grant's actions. Not because of Gettysburg which typically gets all the credit.

"Cleburne is here!" meant that all was well. -Daniel Harvey Hill
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