Thank you for kind reply and kind words, I hope you don't mind if I ask a question. Have you ever studied in detail, General Lee's Campaign into Pennsylvania, and then its subsequent withdrawal, do you think that the movie gave an accurate viewing? if any at all. And what is your take on Longstreet, and his actions, were they laudable or should he have been sacked, And do you think his lack of liking and or following the plan did it have any effect on the outcome pro or con?
I think we could muster a very lively discussion if you think you would be interested. In a few weeks I am to give a Lecture in Pa, at a large University, I am to speak about my Great Great Grandfather, his involvement in the Valley Campaign, his being one of Jackson's Aides and his latter placement with Early's command. and in so doing this would help me to look more into the mind of today's young folks. I have come to believe and more so of late that most folks get there take on history from television and the movies. You mentioned Douglas Southall Freeman and with very few exceptions Shelby Foote comes to mind that no-one bar none ever wrote more clear and or more accurately on the subject, but Freeman makes you feel as if your there. My Great Grandfather did a pretty good job as well. I find it sad that most young folks no longer read which is why it seems that so many folks are not noticing that the War is starting to be rewritten, to make it politically correct. As I said I am an Old Man and my Great Great Grandfather would be very upset by the way things are being changed. I hope you will be willing to take this trip back into the reality of yesterday, before that reality is changed to fit someones political agenda. I look forward to your response. As tease I will leave you with this- When an Officer sits down a plan of action he must take a myriad of things into mind, be it the weather The Gettysburg Campaign was fought in temps that exceeded the high nineties with and extreme humidity and that on the 4th day of July the day after fighting ceased the rains came and lasted until the 8th of July. If Lee made any mistake at all he only made one, Hope to hear from you soon, Sir with respects.