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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
USA
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July 5, 1863
Posted on: 7/5/2018 8:33:01 AM



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Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan, MI, USA
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Re: July 5, 1863
Posted on: 7/5/2018 10:32:15 AM
Hi Larry,

This reporter best be careful in giving these scenarios, he might give Lee some ideas? Also in the second article you hear of Reb Militia, makes you wonder how extensive Southern Militia was??

Again thanks Larry,
MD
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dick evick
Waco , TX, USA
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Re: July 5, 1863
Posted on: 7/5/2018 2:33:57 PM
MD

Might the militia be home guard units assigned to protect rail lines and other logistic systems?

Just a thought.

Dick.

Larry Purtell
USA
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Re: July 5, 1863
Posted on: 7/5/2018 11:35:22 PM

Quote:
Hi Larry,

This reporter best be careful in giving these scenarios, he might give Lee some ideas? Also in the second article you hear of Reb Militia, makes you wonder how extensive Southern Militia was??

Again thanks Larry,
MD
--Michigan Dave



M.D. Here are a couple of militia notices in VA papers in June 1863. How well equipped,drilled and numbers are unknown by me




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Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan, MI, USA
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Re: July 5, 1863
Posted on: 7/6/2018 8:43:25 AM
Hi Larry,

Thanks for the in-depth 1st hand reply, it would seem that the South had more of a Militia than we 1st thought. Also because of the dwindling man power they extended the age limits to 17 to 55. Desperate times call for desperate measures after mid 1863, as we see the mandatory call to arms.

What say you?
MD


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"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

Larry Purtell
USA
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E-8 Master Sergeant


Posts: 617

Re: July 5, 1863
Posted on: 7/6/2018 8:57:20 AM
As i said it's hard to tell just effective these militia units were.My guess is most members were less than enthused about this military business. Also the best and most fit were long gone in the regular army. Glad you're enjoying this

Best regards, Larry


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