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|Texas Defender wrote:
The purpose was to use the AOP's great superiority
Oh, and by the way, this is one of the great Civil War canards. General A.A. Humphreys made the case after the fact that the Army of the Potomac received only 12,000 effective replacements in the first six weeks of the campaign to offset battle casualties and thirty-six regiments of veteran infantry that mustered out of the service over the same period. Because of the defeat of Siegel and Butler Lee actually received a similar number (7,000 plus from Beauregard after May 16th and 2,500 plus from Breckinridge after May 15th). To be sure, there were more to come for the Federals, but from the Rapidan to Petersburg this is about how things stood.