Skip to comments.ROBERT E. LEE: OUR GREATEST GENERAL?
Posted on 06/22/2018 11:46:12 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
That was according to my 8th grade history teacher-retired military. The only one who came close was MacArthur. That brings up the politics of the left. If it is true that Lee was a great General isn't it at least worth acknowledging? This tearing down of statues should stop. Educated persons should acknowledge the truth. It's the left that's the intelligent ones as they would have us believe. I see no conservatives standing up for this truth. The Senate GOP candidate in Virginia should start an 'intellectual' conversation on Lee and let the left react. Don't wait for a baiting reporter to to knee-jerk him into a quick response that they can interpret their own way.
America’s Greatest Generals would probably go Washington, Jackson (who is also a problem for the left), Patton, Lee, in that order. However, I see your point and agree.
Maybe the greatest British General ever, Viscount Garnet Wolsley said that of all the great men he had met, and he had met most of the great ones of his time, Lee was in a class by himself.
He considered him not only the best general but the best man.
If it weren’t for congestive heart failure he likely wouldn’t have called for the charge across the Peach Orchard (Pickett’s).
He probably would have prevailed at Gettysburg and marched on Washington.
History would have been different.
Except he wasn’t “our” greatest general. He was the military commander of an insurrectionist faction that took up arms against the United States of America.
I’ll take him over the loyal Left that kicked the Constitution to the curb over a fistful of programs.
Heart failure affected his decision making?
Talented, may have meant well, was a man of decency and character — but he picked the wrong cause.
Or, at the start of the second day, could have moved Longstreet around the Union left and moved Ewell to the southeast and cut the Army of the Potomac off from Washington.
Dwight D. Eisenhower in Defense of Robert E. Lee
And if he did what kind of a nation would we be today?
He ordered Pickets charge.
A military disaster of epic proportions.
It almost succeeded, and would have been one of the very great accomplishments...but it failed.
“If it werent for congestive heart failure he likely wouldnt have called for the charge across the Peach Orchard (Picketts).”
I’ve heard that too. He did complain to an aide or two about not feeling well - I think his symptoms may have been similar to a heart attack.
But what really ruined Lee at Gettysburg was not having Jeb Stuart’s cavalry doing proper recon of the Union Army. It was always my feeling that Lee wanted a fight - but at a time and place of his choosing. Stuart’s absence cost him that advantage.
Yeah D-Day was a big failure. You surely know that.
Lee was wonderful, but Grant was America’s greatest General. And Sherman should be considered. And a very strong case can be made for General Custer. They’ve made him into a laughing stock today but the truth of it is he probably saved the union during the Civil War.
General Stuart, you have let us all down.
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