Friday, June 1, 2012
This is coolbert:
Thanks to David G. and the tip from Larry we have this controversial item. ON THIS DATE IN 1862 ROBERT E. LEE ASSUMED COMMAND OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC [ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA].
And the course of history was changed forever.
"A TRAGIC IRONY OF HISTORY: WITHOUT LEE’S BRILLIANT GENERALSHIP, THE SOUTHERN WAY OF LIFE WOULD HAVE SURVIVED" [?]
"all of his [R.E. Lee] successes—the Seven Days, Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville—served to ensure that one day the Southern way of life would be gone with the wind."
"One of the most overlooked dates in American history is the 1st of June 1862. This was the day when Robert E. Lee was given command by Jefferson Davis of the Confederate Army of the Potomac . . . The promotion of Lee changed everything for the South and it would change the course of the entire nation. Lee renamed his command the Army of Northern Virginia and infused it with the martial ardor necessary to win Southern independence on the battlefield."
“By mid-May the Army of the Potomac [Union] lay on the outskirts of Richmond, hoping to capture the capital of the Confederacy and perhaps end the war. If that strategy succeeded the nation might be reunified, but without abolition of slavery.”
Those southern states of the Confederacy in rebellion on the verge of defeat, the Union preserved and only that, AS WAS THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THOSE IN OPPOSITION TO SECESSION! A protracted conflict resulting in large measure due to the efforts of R.E. Lee while in command the continued battlefield success of the Army of Northern Virginia the war continuing in an unanticipated manner THE GOAL OF THE UNION FORCES EVENTUALLY BECOMING PRESERVATION OF THE UNION AND THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY!!
Resolution of the conflict in 1862 would have meant a continuation of the Union BUT not an abolition of slavery?
Devoted readers to the blog have an opinion on this matter?