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 Posted: Sat May 30th, 2009 09:35 pm
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The Iron Duke

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I think that Lee was just hoping that somehow the fates would allow him to win an Austerlitz type victory with the complete destruction of the Federal army. He seems to have had neither a definite plan nor a definitive objective. It seems to me that he was just going to allow the campaign be dictated by the circumstances of the moment. If Lee just wanted his men to reap the northern harvest then I don't see why he couldn't have sent men west to Vicksburg. I find it hard to disagree with DH Hill that the entire campaign seems to have had no purpose. I think Lee's only chance was to pull off a political victory.

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