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Introduction

One of Lee’s staff officers, Walter H.Taylor, produced studies from morning reports that showed how very small the army was at every battle compared to its opponents, finishing with proof, according to him, that the army was simply worn down and overwhelmed. However, a Union veteran and amateur historian, Thomas L.Livermore, disagreed with Taylor’s raw data, instead relying on a variety of different sources to come up with notably larger overall figures, which he published in 1900.