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View Diary: The Most Forgotten Battle in American History (129 comments)

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  •  not really. (3+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, Canis Aureus, sawgrass727

    a slave patrol, lacks the logistics to go any distance.

    to go a distant campaign, you need lots of wagons, railroads,  teamsters, mules, muleskinners, etc...

    Most of the southern logistics were canals to take cotton to seaside ports, not railroads and long pikes to go to
    the north.

    McLellan did a yeomans job, fortifying DC.

    once those forts were in, even a small picket force would hold off raiders, as we saw in the Battle of Silver Spring

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    the pickets and breastworks held early off for a day and
    the forces in area shoved him back.

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