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 Posted: Mon Apr 4th, 2011 07:05 pm
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As little Mac discovered, maneuvering room on the Peninsula was severely limited.

There is no way to outflank 1864-style fortifications in that small space.

The only thing an 1864 march up the Peninsula does is move the siege of Petersburg to the siege of Williamsburg - with no flank to turn. The siege lines at Richmond and Petersburg were 40 miles long. The Peninsula at Williamsburg is about 4 miles across.

I'm not comparing Grant to Butler, but note how simple it is to bottle a large force up on a peninsula like Bermuda Hundred, or Magruder doing the same to McClellan in 1862 at Yorktown...


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