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    Re: Original Lincoln document found

    Very cool. I would love to see something like that & be able to hold it.

    I guess Mead thought his men were too tired & worn out after that battle, and it's hard to argue since he was there & knew their condition, but that sure had the potential to be a golden opportunity if the Union had been able to take advantage of it.

    The celebration of the bicenntenial of Lincoln's birth will start in February of next year, so I'm sure we'll be reading his name a lot more in the next couple of years.

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    Re: Original Lincoln document found

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    I guess Mead thought his men were too tired & worn out after that battle, and it's hard to argue since he was there & knew their condition, but that sure had the potential to be a golden opportunity if the Union had been able to take advantage of it.

    That's a battle where there always been a lot of second guessing. What if Lee had attacked the Union flanks instead of going right into the center of the army? What if Meade had pursued Lee instead? It's a fascinating subject.
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    Re: Original Lincoln document found

    Yep - a lot of fascinating scenarios.

    What if Jackson was there instead of Ewell - would they have taken Culp's Hill in the first evening?

    What if Jeb Stuart had reported to Lee sooner with info about the Union army?

    Also, did Chamberlain really call for the bayonet charge on Little Round Top, or did he simply take credit for someone else's idea? Was it really an organized charge, or did some men initiate it & others follow?

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    Re: Original Lincoln document found

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    That's a battle where there always been a lot of second guessing. What if Lee had attacked the Union flanks instead of going right into the center of the army?
    If I remember right, Lee tried attacking the center only after failing to dislodge both flanks in separate attacks. Pickett's charge was on the final day of the three-day battle and after it failed there was nothing to do but retreat.
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