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It is impossible to believe that General Lee ever professed the ignorance of the movements of Stuart that Heth, Long, and his staff-officers have attributed to him. If he had done so, it would have been affectation. He knew that his and Longstreet's orders would carry Stuart for a while into a state of eclipse; around the enemy, out of sight, and out of communication with him.

Heth delivered the judgment in his letter that “the failure to crush the Federal army in Pennsylvania can be expressed in five words—the absence of cavalry; ” I would rather say it was due to the “presence of Heth.” ’

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