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 Posted: Wed Jul 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm
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Irvin McDowell studied and taught tactics at West Point and wasn't afraid to attack. I don't think it was really his fault that he lost Bull Run, but his improperly trained men. Once his army had training and experience, he maybe could have used or even mastered flanking attacks similar to Jackson or Sherman. Sure Grant would have probably been a better leader, but maybe McDowell could have gotten the war to a better start if he had been in command of the Army of the Potomac.

That old man...had my division massacred at Gettysburg!" - George Pickett said these words to John S. Mosby shortly after paying Lee a visit in Richmond "Well, it made you famous" - Mosby's reply to Pickett
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