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Thread #64354 Message #1051784
Posted By: Little Hawk
11-Nov-03 - 01:41 PM
Thread Name: how do you pronounce Antietam?
Subject: RE: how do you pronounce Antietam?
A very interesting and challenging battle. It was McLellan's to win, and Lee's to lose (Lee being greatly outnumbered and lacking equivalent firepower)...but Lee managed to wangle a draw out of it, when he might have experienced a catastrophic rout and destruction of his army.
"Little Mac" then allowed the Southern Army to withdraw without suffering significant further damage, and for that Lincoln sacked him.
Every time Lee moved north in that war, it led to a defeat. He would have been better off to fight strictly defensive battles on home ground.