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 Posted: Sun Oct 5th, 2008 11:44 pm
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The Iron Duke

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Location: Georgia USA
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I know this will put me in the minority but...

Stuart's orders allowed him to do what he did. If Lee felt he couldn't execute a campaign without Stuart then he shouldn't have given him such freedom and Lee should never have allowed himself to be sucked into a major battle. Even without Stuart's presence Lee still had cavalry.

Ewell's orders regarding Culp's Hill were ambiguous. He analyzed the situation and made a decision.

We all know these "failings" contributed to the Confederate defeat but considering the context in which they occured I believe their actions are understandable. I think both of them have been given an unfair share of the blame in order to protect Lee's reputation.

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