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 Posted: Thu Jul 12th, 2007 08:33 pm
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David White

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Location: Texas USA
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I agree it is a little unknown how much Lee would be willing to attack the commerce of the north.  On the seas, the Confederates didn't seem to have a problem with it from the get go.  But on land, Lee might have held back some.  For obvious military infrastructure like the Carlisle Barracks he didn't seem to have a problem with its destruction but as to burning coal mines and tearing up railroad networks the answer might have been maybe and probably, respectively.  I don't think he would have had a problem with taking the Pennsylvania harvest of 1863 and paying for it with worthless promissory notes from Richmond based on Confederate currency.  He also had no problem scooping up slaves and freed blacks and sending them back south into captivity.  So I'm not so sure he would have had a problem with attacking Northern Industry in 1863, it might have been interesting to see.


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