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Military Intelligence 1861-63: Part II

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Intelligence 1861-63

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least two earlier points at which a Confederate victory might have won Southern independence.   These were Lee's invasions of Maryland in 1862 and Pennsylvania in 1863.   Had Antietam or Gettysburg gone the other way, the North might have given up.   At Antietam decisive intelligence came to the Federals merely by virtue of their being in the vicinity of the enemy.   But in the next year's campaign they won an intelligence contest that ran from the Rappahannock to Cemetery Ridge; they won every round of it, and by organized effort in each case. And the product of this effort affected the battlefield result as profoundly as the Lost Order affected the decision at Antietam. Not a bad heritage, all by itself.
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