MEADE AND LEE AT RAPPAHANNOCK STATION: The Army of the Potomac's First Post-Gettysburg Offensive, From Kelly's Ford to the Rapidan, October 21 to November 20, 1863
Third volume of three. Lee's bold strategy was to hold the Rappahannock River line as the Army of the Potomac retraced its steps south. Pressured by Washington to fight but denied strategic flexibility, Meade launched a risky offensive to carry Lee's Rappahannock defenses and bring on a decisive battle. The fighting included a stunning Federal triumph at Rappahannock Station which destroyed two entire Confederate brigades and gave Meade the upper hand and the initiative in his deadly duel with Lee, who retreated south to a new position behind the Rapidan River. It seemed as though Lee's vaunted Army of Northern Virginia had lost its magic after its defeat in Pennsylvania.
In addition to politics, strategy, and tactics, examines the intricate command relationships, Lee's questionable decision-making, and the courageous spirit of the fighting men. Uses official reports, regimental histories, letters, newspapers, and other archival sources. Includes maps and photos
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