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 Posted: Fri May 4th, 2007 09:32 pm
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Very good and helpful summaries, TD and Ole.  Thank you.

Now, it occurs to me that there are two different ways of looking at the original question.

The first is from the aspect that ASJ had never been wounded at all, so his command was uninterrupted.

The second is far more complex, I think.  What if his injury had happened as it did, but he had survived?  I need to get home to my books!

In the second case, well, he was injured on April 6th, 1862, I believe.  Joseph E. Johnston was still in command of the The army of Northern Virgina at that time.  He was wounded May 31st, 1862, and Lee took command June 1st, if memory, and the internet, serve me correctly.  I don't know what the recovery time for ASJ's injury would have been, but it seems probable that, if he had left command in the west to recover, and had recovered sufficiently by the time of JEJ's wounding, he may have been given command in the east.  By all accounts, Davis thought the world of ASJ.

Would this have led to Lee getting command in the west?

Wow, I need to get to my books.  What a different war that would have been!

Last edited on Fri May 4th, 2007 09:52 pm by JoanieReb

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