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Retreat from GettysburgLee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign$
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Kent Masterson Brown, Esq.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829219

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869420_brown

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It Is Heart-Rending to Live Among Such Scenes

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Retreat from Gettysburg

Kent Masterson Brown

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the Shenandoah Valley, which served not only as corridor for the evacuation of General Robert E. Lee's sick and wounded troops but also as a holding area for much of his vast quartermaster and subsistence stores in July 1863, at the height of the Civil War. General George Gordon Meade and his Union Army of the Potomac were anticipating a climactic battle with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia on July 12 and 13 along the Williamsport defense line north of the Potomac River. The Union soldiers eventually realized that no such battle was going to happen, and many were angry that Meade and the high command allowed Lee to escape. Even President Abraham Lincoln and General Henry W. Halleck were of the impression that Meade was content to allow Lee's army to leave Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Valley Turnpike made the Shenandoah Valley an important corridor for the supply of Lee's army and the evacuation of its casualties.

Keywords:   stores, Shenandoah Valley, Robert E. Lee, Civil War, George Gordon Meade, Union Army, Northern Virginia, Potomac River, Maryland, Valley Turnpike

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