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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Keyes Tries to Justify his Actions . . . and Inactions

Some final words on the July 1863 raid/diversion . . .



 . . . well I have to admit this is the first time I've heard New Kent compared to the Vendée
  
. . . but in the end his justifications did him little good.



2 comments:

  1. perhaps timing had something to do with it as well. While others faced tremendous force at Gettysburg the same time without retreating, Keyes appears to have flinched when he could have held his ground.

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  2. His casualties certainly don't seem to justify the level of his concern. But perhaps the operational plan should have been a bit grander in it's scope, with a more direct testing of Richmond's defenses rather than demonstrations and railroad burnings.

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