Why the East?
I know there are of lot of people out there who are going to disagree with me – but let me just say a few words on why I think the Eastern theater was the most important in the Civil War.
In terms of Confederate victory – what more than a few people were concerned with on both sides…the Rebs had the best chance in the East. Lee knew it. Davis knew it. Lincoln knew it. Grant knew it.
The East – for those of you who may not be familiar with Civil War theaters, was pretty much the northern part of Virginia down to Richmond and eventually Petersburg – and for a minute in 1862 and again in 1863, a little piece of Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. The Western theater was pretty much everything else – unless you count the trans-Mississippi. And lets be honest…nothing much happened there (attack from Texans and Arkansans in 3…2…1).
So why is a relatively tiny geographical section of the war more important. Well….lets see. 1) Both national capitals were in the East – something that military strategists tend to think about. 2) Robert E. Lee was in the East – the only Rebel general who fought and won on a regular basis. 3) (related to 2) All of the major Confederate victories were in the East – trust me, both sides noticed this. and 4) When U.S. Grant was promoted to commander of all the Union armies, where did go? East. Why? Because it was the place to be.
So go ahead – let me have it…I know you will (and I welcome the dialog, really). But I think that there is a reason why most consider the surrender at Appomattox the end of the war (it wasn’t).