Stars in Their Courses:The Gettysburg Campaign by Shelby Foote is one of the finest books you can add to your home library.
Confederate commanding General Robert E. Lee once again starts his Army of Northern Virginia north as he did in his Maryland campaign back in Sept. 1862, just 9 months earlier leading to the bloody Battle of Antietam in Maryland.
Lee’s victories have emboldened him and his almost undefeatable army, and he is confident he can now bring the war back to northern soil. The strategy is simple and clear. The Rebel army will now force the Union Army of the Potomac into the field where they can engage them and destroy them once and for all.
Lee feels he can defeat the Union army and than continue his march to Harrisburgh, Pa., than Baltimore, Md., and even Washington the capital.
With those cities in Rebel hands, Lincoln will have no choice but to sue for peace and offer the Confederates recognition and final victory.
The war would be over and the Union would be divided forever. Only one battle will live in history as the place where the Rebel army will suffer inforseen challenges, and the Union commanders will exploit those opportunities. The Union generals know if this battle is lost and the Union defeated, the war is lost and the nation divided forever.