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57 The truncated stay north of the Potomac satisfied some of Lee’s goals but left him frustrated about others. On the positive side, he had pulled the Army of the Potomac out of Virginia and, in the fighting at Sharpsburg, rendered it immobile for several weeks.

More than one editor chided readers, who remained enthralled by the Seven Days and Second Manassas, for lamenting the absence of an unequivocal victory north of the Potomac. ’’ The Richmond Dispatch reminded readers that just a few months earlier, ‘‘at a time when our city was actually beleaguered by the enemy,’’ citizens had manifested great fortitude. ’’ The Richmond Daily Enquirer joined other papers in placing the Maryland campaign within the larger chronology of events since Lee took charge of the Army of Northern Virginia.

We whip the enemy and drove them back every time with great slotter. ’’ 41 Walter Taylor of Lee’s staff also considered the campaign an overall success. ‘‘I suppose it will be generally concluded that our march through—or rather into—Maryland & back was decidedly meteoric,’’ he wrote while the army was near Martinsburg. ’’ 42 Doubts about the long-term influence of military events plagued some of the soldiers who proudly tallied an unbroken string of victories since the Seven Days. 17 10:27 this group.

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