Bet­ter in­tel pays off for North . . . . 28

The Washington Times Weekly - - Page Two -

His­to­ri­ans main­tain that Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of North­ern Vir­ginia lost the Bat­tle of Get­tys­burg in large part be­cause of the lack of an ef­fec­tive intelligence-gath­er­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. This was due to the sep­a­ra­tion of the cavalry un­der Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stu­art dur­ing the cam­paign. What has re­ceived less at­ten­tion is the ex­ten­sive intelligence ap­pa­ra­tus that the Union army had avail­able to help it de­feat the Rebel army. Af­ter the Army of the Po­tomac’s de­feat at Chan­cel­lorsville in May 1863, Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker knew that he had lit­tle time to pre­pare for an­other en­gage­ment with Lee’s army. For this pur­pose, he needed to de­ter­mine the strength, dis­po­si­tion and in­ten­tions of the en­emy.

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