Lee takes over command of the ANV today in 1862

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    On the 1st June 1862 Jeff Davis appointed his military advisor, general Robert E Lee, to lead the Confederate  Army in Virginia. The former commander and joint victor of the earlier(Summer 1861)1st Manassas battle, General Joseph E Johnston, had been seriously wounded the evening before. The 31st May had seen the Confederates given a good opportunity to wreck a part of the Union Army of Potomac as it straddled the Chickahominy river, just a few miles East of the Confederate capital of Richmond. Johnston’s plan had been good: he had planned to throw 22 of his 29 Infantry Brigades at the two Union Corps South of the river. Here he  outnumbered the Northern forces, who would have been defeated before the other larger half could have come to its aid. Unfortunately for the South, General Longstreet commanding the attacking force took the wrong road and never got his attack coordinated with the other Division heads and both sides ended up losing about 5000 casualties apiece and the Northern army escaping relatively unscathed.

    General Lee would push the Northern Army of Potomac, commanded by General George B McClellan, back from the gates of Richmond, bottling him up on the Peninsular, then defeat another Northern army under a bombastic General Pope in Northern Virginia and invade Maryland all in the next three months. Johnston’s wounding at the battle of Seven Pines was the best and most significant thing to happen that day. The South would never look back after the 1st June 1862 as Lee took them from seeming defeat to victory after victory. As the South’s fortunes waned over the next two years, it was Lee’s command of the Army of Northern Virginia and his hold over the state and threat to Washington, that gave it and its people  hope.

  • Friend you should moved to the Southern U.S. Come live in Dixie.

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    Would do if I was paid to study your war and battlefields, but I would not be able to work there otherwise. I now have no skills: university is a long 22 years ago.

    I will visit and meet you and others, but I will be walking with a stick and grumpy because it is too hot for me and I left it too late. I would buy a cool hat though, as I am thinning and would need to shade my beer.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10


    Doesn’t the south need a good Italian Restaurant? 😛

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    How do you know our restaurant is any good?
    My wife is the chef and she is stopping working as a chef on the 31st August.
    There lies the problem.

  • When I saw “Lee takes command of the ANV” I thought this was going to be about some high ranking shake up in Vietnam in the 60’s, I was so confused when I saw the year 1862  😛

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    Sorry Clyde. I have never been interested in Vietnam, so was unaware my reference to ANV and Lee could have been misconstrued.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    Mail order?

    45 days or your money back? 😛

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    Four weeks and counting. My brother says he will take over, but he has his children on Monday and Tuesdays. Opening just four days will not leave me much to buy A&A games!
    Kind of him to offer.

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