According to the authors, the "opportunity to interdict Lee's route of retreat ... was frittered away" when Union cavalry commander Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton dispersed his cavalry the day following Confederate Maj. Gen. George Pickett's ill-fated charge. While One Continuous Fight offers numerous reasons why Meade did not capitalize on the opportunity to destroy Lee's army, not the least of which was the detachment of several brigades to quell New York City's draft riots in mid-July 1863, the authors view Lee's retreat strictly through the tactical prism of war.
Excellent Analysis of Lee's Retreat from Gettysburg Cole C Kingseed Army; Mar 2009; 59, 3; Docstoc pg. 118 Reproduced with permission of the copyright o
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