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March 17, 2008 The Spring of 1863: The tide turns for the confederacy I. May a. Lee has his way: no relief for the West i. Meeting in mid-May 1863, there was a sense of urgency concerning Grant and his threat to Vicksburg ii. There were three major lines of operations 1. Lee wanted to strike north in a replay of the Maryland invasion 2. To detach reinforcements from Lee’s army, maybe Longstreet’s regiment, to reinforce troops in Vicksburg. Lee vehemently argued against this he said the area would kill his soldiers with disease 3. Push by western block, seize this moment to reinforce attacks in the west, build up Bragg’s army and take the TN theatre instead of Vicksburg, must drastically reinforce Bragg’s army and send it north to break Grant’s supply lines. iii. Davis attempted to please everyone, but Lee won the debate and immediately headed north. He was striving for the climatic victory against the north and it was also a huge raid. iv. Army of the Potomac still headed by Hooker who took advantage of Lee’s movement and took Richmond. He was replaced by Lincoln because Lincoln was pushing for his armies to attack armies not to take places. Mead gains control of the army of the Potomac. II. Three Critical Defeats in July: a. Gettysburg i. The fact that the battle occurred at Gettysburg was a bit of a mistake. Buford tried to establish a line of defense on Seminary Ridge but was
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