posted on Aug, 18 2017 @ 09:01 AM
a reply to: JoshuaCox
Stonewall Jackson was killed the month before Gettysburg at Chancellorsville.
General Early replaced him, he was not near the aggressive, bold commander that Jackson was.
After the first day of fighting, he allowed the Yanks to retreat to high ground and fortify their position.
Many historians argue that if Jackson was around for Gettysburg, the Union would have been defeated on the first day, because Jackson would have had
the foresight to not let the Yankees get the high ground outside of town and fortify their position. Gettysburg would have been a skirmish instead of
a major pivotal battle.
Regardless, I think the fact that Lincoln could not find a commander to defeat Lee (until Grant came along later in the war, and Grant had no real
military tactics, except to throw as many men at Lee as he could) answers your question.
edit on 18-8-2017 by Cancerwarrior because: (no reason