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Burning High Bridge: The South's Last Hope

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  • Burning High Bridge: The South's Last Hope

    The following article is online the from the March/April 2007 issue of Civil War Times Magazine:

    Burning High Bridge: The South's Last Hope
    The Army of Northern Virginiaís final opportunity to escape Grantís net disappeared on the banks of the Appomattox -- along with the dream of a Confederate nation.

    Thoughts? Feedback? Let us know what you think about this article!
    Diane Tira

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    As a student of cavalry operations, I appreciated that article. The action at High Bridge demonstrated a lot of things. First, and foremost, it demonstrated clearly that the Confederate cavalry remained full of fight, even at that late stage. At the same time, losing both talented, experienced officers such as Roger Preston Chew and James Dearing was a frightful price to pay.

    It also demonstrated quite plainly that the Union recognized that it had Lee by the throat and that the time had come to administer the coup de main and finish off the Confederate army.

    Thanks for bringing an under-appreciated action to light.

    "If you want to have some fun, jine the cavalry"

    Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown Stuart


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