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Larry Purtell
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Where is Beauregard?
Posted on: 7/7/2017 10:25:49 AM


Had Beauregard and a scratch even began an advance on Washington D.C. I believe it wold have caused a great panic and possibly drawn troops away from the AOP. Even newspaper rumors that Beauregard is advancing with 40,000 men would have caused a lot of concern.

Larry
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tom ryan
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Re: Where is Beauregard?
Posted on: 7/10/2017 12:18:18 AM
Larry, Union scouts captured a letter from Davis to Lee at Greencastle on July 2, and delivered it to Meade on July 3. It stated that there were no reinforcements available to send to Lee's army, and no troops available to pose a threat to Washington. A rumor that Beauregard was leading troops into the North was debunked by SecWar Stanton, likely because of the content of Davis' letter.

Tom

larry purtell
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Re: Where is Beauregard?
Posted on: 7/10/2017 7:12:13 AM

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Larry, Union scouts captured a letter from Davis to Lee at Greencastle on July 2, and delivered it to Meade on July 3. It stated that there were no reinforcements available to send to Lee's army, and no troops available to pose a threat to Washington. A rumor that Beauregard was leading troops into the North was debunked by SecWar Stanton, likely because of the content of Davis' letter.

Tom
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Hi Tom. I think this issue was a real missed opportunity for the South. Even if no troops are available to move on Washington mass short term outside of Richmond every man and boy that can walk and tell them they are headed to Washington D.C. The newspapers will pick this news up trumpet it to everyone that can hear. Northern newspapers will get wind of this force moving on D.C. and magnify the intent and numbers. Soon it's a major invasion that could have huge benefits for the Lee and the ANV. Use Beauregard's name prominently and keep it in the news. Huge potential benefits for little actual work.


Larry
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tom ryan
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Re: Where is Beauregard?
Posted on: 7/10/2017 9:50:40 AM
Larry, a tough nut to crack for Davis considering that Gen. Dix's Union forces operating out of Fort Monroe (believe it was) were threatening Richmond at the time, which made Davis extremely wary about releasing troops that had been held back for the defense of Richmond. Oddly enough, Lee's plan to have Rebel troops threaten Washington, was working in reverse with Union troops threatening Richmond instead.

Tom

larry purtell
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Re: Where is Beauregard?
Posted on: 7/10/2017 10:31:24 AM

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Larry, a tough nut to crack for Davis considering that Gen. Dix's Union forces operating out of Fort Monroe (believe it was) were threatening Richmond at the time, which made Davis extremely wary about releasing troops that had been held back for the defense of Richmond. Oddly enough, Lee's plan to have Rebel troops threaten Washington, was working in reverse with Union troops threatening Richmond instead.

Tom
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So true Tom. Had Davis known what a paper tiger Dix was maybe he would have considered Lee's plan. In a reversal of this thread had Dix made a real attempt at Richmond, Lee or a portion of the ANV may have been ordered to return to Richmond post haste.

Larry


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Re: Where is Beauregard?
Posted on: 7/10/2017 5:27:35 PM
Interesting that Lee had proposed a force to threaten D.C. "if only in effigy." Which is what Dix, in effect, did against Richmond -- except his was not intentional.

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