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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1917 Original Publisher: Longmans, Green and co. Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can...
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1917 Original Publisher: Longmans, Green and co. Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: APPENDIX The Gettysburg Campaign Parts of an Article in the " Southern Historical Society Papers," January, 1915 I. Preliminary Strategy On the 12th of June, 1863, Gen. Joe Hooker with his great host of 130,000 men, lay encamped on the Stafford Heights, on the Rappahannock River, opposite Fredericksburg, within siÂly miles of the Capital of the Southern Confederacy. Two weeks later this splendid army under its gallant leader is on Pennsylvania soil marching north to intercept Lee's army, which is moving on Harrison- burg on the Susquehanna River. Richmond has been relieved: scarcely a Federal soldier remains upon the soil of Virginia; and the burden of war has been transferred from that battle- worn State to the shoulders of the State of Pennsylvania. It is Washington now, not Richmond, which is threatened! Here surely is a great military achievement -- and it has been accomplished without fighting a pitched battle, in fact, with insignificant loss to the forces of the Confederate chieftain. In studying the Gettysburg campaign I ask you to note this splendid result of Lee's masterful strategy -- the great army of Gen. Hooker drawn a hundred and thirty miles north, clear out of Virginia and across the State of Maryland into Pennsylvania, -- by the sheer force of strategy. Observe then that in the primary purpose of this campaign, the relief of Virginia from the presence of war, Lee was successful. I cannot proceed to the story of the battle itself without calling your attention to an important feature of Lee's plan of campaign which is apt to be overl...
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