IF WE ARE STRIKING FOR PENNSYLVANIA: The Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac March to Gettysburg - Volume 1: June 3-21, 1863
First volume of a two-volume study of the opening moves of the Gettysburg Campaign June 3-21, 1863. Integrates the military, media, political, social, economic, and civilian perspectives with rank-and-file accounts from the soldiers of both armies as they inexorably march toward their destiny at Gettysburg. The second volume covers June 22-30, 1863 and completes the march, carrying the armies to the eve of the fighting.
Gen. Robert E. Lee began moving part of his Army of Northern Virginia towards Pennsylvania on June 3, 1863. He believed his army needed to win a major victory on Northern soil if the South was to have a chance at winning the war. Transferring the fighting out of war-torn Virginia would allow the state time to heal while he supplied his army from untapped farms and stores in Maryland and the Pennsylvania. Lee had also convinced Pres. Jefferson Davis that his offensive would interfere with the Union effort to take Vicksburg in Mississippi. The bold movement would trigger extensive cavalry fighting and a major battle at Winchester before culminating in the bloody three-day battle at Gettysburg.
As the Virginia army moved north, the Army of the Potomac responded by protecting the vital roads to Washington, D.C., in case Lee turned to threaten the capital. Opposing presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, meanwhile, kept a close watch on the latest and often conflicting military intelligence gathered in the field. Throughout northern Virginia, central Maryland, and south-central Pennsylvania, civilians and soldiers alike struggled with the reality of a mobile campaign and the massive logistical needs of the armies.
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