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  It was never a war aim of the Confederate Government to permanently occupy northern territory.

  General Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania in 1863 was done for a number of reasons. The primary goal was to win a victory on northern soil. It was hoped that this would shake the morale of the northern people, strengthen the peace movement there, and perhaps even lead to foreign recognition and/or assistance to the Confederacy (Though this last wish was very unlikely by 1863).

   General Lee did not conduct this campaign with the idea of freeing military assets to send to the western theater.

Encyclopedia Virginia: Gettysburg Campaign

 

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