A Student of History

September 19, 2006

The South Almost Won?

“If Gen. JEB Stuart had had better intelligence, we’d all be meeting in Richmond right now.”

That is what Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said yesterday at a closed door meeting of the Armed Services Committee, as reported here

Of course, things had to get political.

Democratic sources expressed outrage that he compared the Civil War to the Bush administration’s war on terror. “It’s a little disgusting” to be equating the two, one Democratic source said, adding, “You can’t figure out whether he didn’t understand the Civil War, or the war on terror, or both.”

Two things interest me here.  First, is the idea accurate?  If Stuart had better served Lee, would Lee have fought at Gettysburg?  I personally don’t buy it.  Yes, Stuart erred significantly during the 1863 Campaign, but that did not force Lee to fight there, or at least, fight a tactically flawed battle.

Second: where else but Georgia could a guy named Saxby Chambliss get elected?

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