Monday, June 3, 2013

Lee and Longstreet March Northward

Wednesday, June 3, 1863

In order to blunt the negative effects on the Confederacy from the ongoing siege at Vicksburg Confederate General Robert E. Lee hoped to draw the Union Army out of Virginia and make a bold strike north of Washington D.C. Lee ordered General James Longstreet to begin a northward march out of Virginia.1

1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 261.

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