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Response to 1939 (Reply #113)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 07:43 PM

114. No doubt Longstreet's plan was dangerous

if not reckless, especially without the cavalry there to see where you're going.

I disagree that there weren't enough men to flank and screen the front. Maybe better to say safely flank and defend the front. You don't need many men to hold off an army that isn't going to move forward, and once the AOP got onto Cemetery Hill, it wasn't going anywhere. The ANV could hear the digging so they had a pretty good idea they weren't going to be attacked.

Longstreet's plan might have caught the federals strung out on the road, or it could have ended with the Confederates strung out along their road. A very dangerous operation, but Lee had done that kind of thing before at C-ville though he knew the land and had his cavalry with him that time.

For Lee to win a decisive victory he had to fight on the move though. There was no decisive victory to be had slugging it out in the hills regardless of who ended up winning. Pennsylvania is just full of hills to fall back to. He had to move and defeat the AOP in detail. Day one was a good start. On day 2, leave the Yankees sitting behind their works on the hill while you march away. Bad for morale to spend all night digging and then find you're not facing anyone in the morning.

Anyway, in my Civil War games I win Gettysburg by luring the Yankees into attacking me in artillery kill zones. It wouldn't have worked with Meade. He would just sit there and outlast Lee until ANV ran out of supplies and had to go home.

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