"We must strike them a blow!"


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Pat Answer

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http://emergingcivilwar.com/tag/strike-them-a-blow/

Link to great articles concerning the North Anna River portion of the Overland campaign.
Good read. A failed opportunity for Genera Lee and the ANV.
Good read, indeed. Thanks for the link.

I liken this whole campaign to two boxers, one bigger and the other more agile, beating the living snot out of each other... with Petersburg being the "clinch"...
 

Pat Answer

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One of the great ifs of the war what if Lee had been healthy at the North Anna.
Either Lee healthy or the rest of the high command of the AoNVA in better shape!
OTOH, as at the Brock Road in the Wilderness, Hancock did have an entrenched position of his own to fall back to if attacked on May 24.
 

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Early was pretty aggressive and he was in charge of Ewell's corps at this point, right?
Yes, but he had very little experience at that time as Corps commander. The article states that such a move required great coordination. The inexperience of Lee's Corps commanders at that time would have required Lee to be at the front coordinating such a move. The article also states that one of Lee's staff officers said: "Lee laying prostrate in a tent was different than Lee on a battlefield."
 
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