Robert E. Lee
on the Virginia side of White’s Ford, Robert E. Lee took a moment to
himself to enjoy the scene and to think for just one more moment about
the course he was taking. A half a mile away is Maryland United States.
Say what you will. Justify it however you will. In the North this army
will be seen as invaders, though they didn’t consider themselves invaders
when they came into Virginia. Words. Semantics. It has all gone on for
so terribly long. Six weeks people had thought it would last, and it
has now been over a year and it must end. Those people have more than
we do. More of everything. More guns, horses and millions more men.
The longer it lasts, the less our chances of success. “Our last, best
hope.” Someone else’s words, but this is ours. We must end it here.
We must end it now. He felt the gaze of 40,000 men. They waited only
for a sign from him.
looked at Jackson and nodded. Stonewall smiled and nudged the cream
colored claybank well out into the Potomac. There he stopped, removed
his hat and pointed with it toward the United States.
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