Battle Spotlight #1: The Maryland Campaign: Part 3 – McClellan’s Luck

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Read part 2: From Leesburg to Frederick

It was time for McClellan to do something.

Frederick, the town in Maryland where McClellan’s headquarters was located, was about 40 miles northwest of Washington. The National Road came up from Washington, passed through Frederick, and then continued northwest towards Hagerstown for about 25 miles. From there, there are good roads dropping south into Virginia and the Shenandoah, other roads lead west into Ohio, and some go into Pennsylvania. About halfway between Frederick and Hagerstown lays South Mountain. It is not a mountain, per se, but rather a long, curving ridge that starts by the Potomac next to Harper’s Ferry and runs far into Pennsylvania and passes west of Gettysburg. From McClellan’s point of view, South Mountain was on the horizon – a dark, long curtain that separated the Union army and the Confederates. It was a veil on the far side of which lay the full power of the Confederacy, fully shielded from the prying eyes of the Federals.

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New Year

Hello Everyone and happy new year,

This is 2012 a new year and supposedly the year of our doom (cough..crazy…cough…).this has been a great year for a lot of people along with us here at Asdaqua. We all learned a lot of things, I for one learned that some “artists” can’t sing without auto tune. We now look on towards a new year filled with opportunities. Good bye 2011 and hello 2012. Now lets look back and check out this video by Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review

Another thing to kick this year off:

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Battle Spotlight #1: The Maryland Campaign: Part 2 – From Leesburg to Frederick

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General Robert E. Lee was in a position of great strength. He had been at the brink of surrender, but he drove back two superior armies and now he was ready to launch a full-scale invasion of the North. Following the Northern Virginia Campaign, he took his army and shifted from Chantilly to Leesburg, Virginia. True, the Army of Northern Virginia had suffered manpower losses during the summer campaigns, but nevertheless Lee decided to invade Maryland. Continue reading