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 Posted: Mon Apr 27th, 2009 01:45 am
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Eric Wittenberg
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Not a chance.

There are lots of reasons why, in no particular order:
  • There were no arrangements for the freed prisoners of war to make their way back to the Union lines other than on foot and on their own.
  • The defenses of Richmond were far too strong; just 90 days later, Sheridan arrived at the same spot with 12,000 men and elected not to try to enter the city.
  • There was no coordination between Kilpatrick's column and Dahlgren's column.
  • The combined forces were too weak to accomplish the objective.
  • The weather conditions were very bad and getting worse; there was an ice storm the night before the Federals tried to enter the defenses of Richmond.
In short, there simply was no chance of this mission succeeding.

My biography of Ulric Dahlgren is due out some time in June, and I've spent a number of years on the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid. 

Eric

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