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Lee’s Virginia-Maryland Campaign

Mac Owens continues his series on the Civil War by considering Lee’s Virginia-Maryland campaign of 1862. "Rather than viewing the Seven Days’ Battles, Second Manassas/Bull Run, and Antietam as isolated events, it is much more fruitful to see them as parts of a whole during which Lee’s objective was, first, to save Richmond, which was in danger of falling to a Union siege, and then to inflict the sort of catastrophic defeat on a Union force that he thought was necessary to convince the people of the North that the cost of subduing the Southern Confederacy was too great."   

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Lee had an overall strategic objective. Which he pursued relentlessly. Which was driving as much of the Union Army as possible from the territory of Virginia. It wasn't a coincidence that he named his Army the Army of NORTHERN Virginia.

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