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General Lee and the battle of Gettysburg. [from the Richmond Dispatch, December 8, 1895.] He planned to fight there. The concentration of his Forces—One mind directed All—Closing scenes of first Manassas—He kept his word. There is a popular impression throughout the country that the meeting of the two armies at Gettysburg was in large measure an accidental collision. Jefferson Davis, in his Short History of the Confederate States, says the position was not the choice of either side for a battle-field. The very general belief prevails, also, especially at the South, that the concentration of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg was brought about by mere chance, and was not part of a deliberate plan of the Confederate commander predicated upon his enemy's movements. This is a strange error concerning a very important matter, and all the more remarkable because such a view must inevitably lead to the conclusion that the Southern invading force was aimlessly driftin<