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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/23/enezuela-trump-president-juan-guaido-maduro-recognition-news-latest USA recognizes Guaidó as President, rioting in streets, the EU dallies...
  2. Union standard bearer Alex Rogers of the 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment holding what is left of the standard after the Battle of Gettysburg 1883
  3. Gentlemen, I have been reading up (or for the first time) on the ACW, for the past two years, and one of the most fascinating characters to me has been Longstreet. He is regarded as both a traitor and patriot, as this was the civil war, but what tickles my attention is this man, controversial mainly for his battlefield decisions, and his postwar activities (joining the bluebellies). As much of this history is already written I can come up with my own conclusions and that is that Longstreet was perhaps the best General in the south, Corps commander at least (yes, better than Stonewall IMHO), so as not to get called apostate by criticizing RE Lee. My focus is, of course, Gettysburg, the center of the controversy, and the Wilderness and Chickamauga, where he preformed excellent. What went FUBAR for the Confederates on day two of Gettysburg on their right is still a mystery for me, perhaps Sickels spooked them somehow, and perhaps it was just an impossible force to coordinate in bad ground, "perhaps the Federals had something to do about it". And of course the Charge, it was Pickett division going, but he was leading, and his management of this has been the source of controversy, despite the fact that he was right when he predicted it catastrophic move. And he had this idea of going to Vicksburg with is Corps, leaving Lee and the ANV to pounce on the Army of the Potomac if they ever got south of said river (mostly, and before Grant, I know), which had strategic implications far more important than some town in Pennsylvania or Maryland. So what I see is a good man, a good General, on the loosing side and in a, for the lack of a better term, gray area politically, by the time of the reconstruction. So, I'm here to learn as always. What am I wrong or missing here (quite a bit, I know it was war too large to understand, so I go by parts). What would you like to add.
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