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|I don't believe it was shear luck. A close call I will agree with but the Yanks were in too strong a position. Their defensive line was like a fish hook which allowed them to shift troops to any trouble spots. Even with Sickles doing his thing they were still able to hold the main defensive line. Meade also had a Corps that was still fresh that would have been able to blunt any breakthroughs. Lee just asked too much of his army. He should have listened to Longstreet. Even Hood wondered why in the hell they were attacking the Yanks in that defensive position.