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Lee's Opportunity

Post  Father General on Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:43 am

This time, General Lee has the opportunity, given him by the courageous efforts of the Father General -- but will it be enough?

Grand scenario to come!



General Lee didn’t finish his breakfast. Sometime just after his egg, but before the bacon, an aide interrupted with a newspaper from Washington which was already two days old. At first the good general thought he might read a few lines, and then resume his meal, but fate had ordained this morning, he should go hungry.

Not that he’d mind.

Opening the paper, he beheld the headline for which he had hoped to see for a week.

“REBELS IN MARYLAND!”

He went on to read the story, sharing the interesting bits aloud for his staff to hear. The story revealed that a Confederate division had trekked through the dense Virginia woods and into Maryland and that the Union Army was scrambling to intercept it.

General Neal was mentioned, but the paper was unsure if it was him or simply a well-organized, and very large band of raiders. Of course, Lee knew what the papers did not.

By now, the thing would have been decided, or so he thought. Lee was blissfully unaware of the aborted battle between the Father General and General Georgia that was actually just hours away from being decided. In any case, he could only hope that his plan was successful and General Neal had succeeded in drawing away some of the Union troops to his front.

Before the general could resume his bacon, it came to pass this his breakfast was interrupted a second and final time. Now, a courier arrived from Longstreet and handed him a folded paper. A bespectacled Lee carefully unfolded it and read with a deep draw of breath what was carefully written inside.

General Lee, multiple reports this morning that Mansfield’s Corps has marched north, just before dawn. Their position in the line has been filled by troops of Burnside’s Corps, moved over to cover their gap. The enemy flank appears weakened. I shall be coming to see you within the hour.

This was the good news Lee had been waiting for. He had little worry now that the Federals would attack with their numbers so diminished. Now, he could fight them on something approaching equal terms.

Within minutes, his table had been cleared and a map replaced what moments before was a hot breakfast. Not a man bemoaned the loss, for this meant a great opportunity for the Army of Northern Virginia.

Lee formulated his plan as his staff gathered around…
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