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The invasion of Maryland. by James Longstreet, Lieutenant-General, C. S. A. When the Second Bull Run campaign closed we had the most brilliant prospects the Confederates ever had. We then possessed an army which, had it been kept together, the
a splendid victory behind us, and such bright prospects ahead, the question arose as to whether or not we should go into Maryland. General Lee, on account of our short supplies, hesitated a little, but I reminded him of my experience in Mexico, where e should have retired from Sharpsburg and gone to the Virginia side of the Potomac.
The moral effect of our move into Maryland had been lost by our discomfiture at South Mountain, and it was then evident we could not hope to concentrate
Lee's he orces that joined us; namely, D. H. Hill with 5000, McLaws with 4000, and Walker with 2000.
Thus Lee's army on entering Maryland was made up of nearly 57,000 men, exclusive of artillery and cavalry.
As we had but 37,000 at Sharpsburg, our losses in