's veteran divisions, about 13,000 strong, could have been placed on the cars at Petersburg
and hurried out to Bragg
, via Lynchburg
's 25,000 from Jackson
, and Buckner
's 5000 from Knoxville
, could have met them.
With these accessions, and with Lee
in command, Rosecrans
might have been defeated, and an advance made into Ky.
, threatening Louisville
If anything could have caused Grant
's recall from Vicksburg
, it would have been this.
Surely the chances of success were greater, and of disaster less, than those involved in our crossing the bridgeless Potomac, into the heart of the enemy's country, where ammunition and supplies must come by wagons from Staunton
, nearly 200 miles, over roads exposed to raids of the enemy from either the east or the west.
In this position, a drawn battle, or even a victory, would still leave us compelled soon to find our way back across the Potomac
tells of his having suggested to Secretary Seddon
such a campaign against Rosecrans
, and he also suggested it to Lee
on his arrival at Fredericksburg
could not be drawn from Vicksburg
even by a Confederate advance upon the Ohio River
To this Longstreet
answered that Grant
was a soldier and must obey orders if popular alarm forced the government to recall him. At that time Davis
was sanguine of foreign intervention, and the Emperor Napoleon was permitting a French firm to build some formidable ironclads for the Confederate navy.
These might have accomplished some results, had not the issue of the Gettysburg campaign
induced the Emperor
to withdraw his consent to their delivery.
recognized the strong features of the proposed strategy, and took a day or two to consider it. But he finally decided upon an invasion of Pa. He was averse to leaving Va. himself, and also to any division of his army.
Both he and Jackson
, ever since the failure of the Md. campaign
, had longed to try it once more, and Jackson
had had prepared during the winter
the remarkable map, already mentioned (p. 322), covering the whole scene of the coming campaign.
In the discussion with Longstreet
, it was assumed that the strategy of the