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 Posted: Wed Jan 29th, 2014 01:06 am
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Well the idea of Early moving quicker is a scenario, but the battle obviously isn't.

But it is something to really look at when you're talking what ifs. We shouldn't just say Washington had a ring of forts protecting it so it was a now or never kind of thing in 1861. I think that's a trap we tend to fall into, Washington had this ring of forts so it was well protected during the war. But as I pointed out in my last post, Grant pulled most of the defenders around Washington, which weakened the defenses around the capital. But that is stripping the defenses of the capital, what about during the build up? Was there a point before 1863, when DC reached it's strongest defense able point, but after First Bull Run (Manassas) where an attack by Confederate forces could have proven deadly? I don't think we really look at that, we look at the strengthening of the defenses and say not gonna happen.

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