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  1. Waterloo50

    Pickett’s charge, Lee should have used cold reasoning.

    Picture:https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/george-edward-pickett It’s been said that Lee believed in his own hubris, that he was over confident and relied on vintage Napoleonic tactics. He supposedly placed to much faith in the potency of his men. An intresting article written...
  2. Belle Montgomery

    Richmond’s new Civil War museum aims to shatter conventional views of the conflict

    The American Civil War Museum, which opens May 4, tells the story of the Civil War from an array of perspectives. (Julia Rendleman/The Washington Post) RICHMOND — Sheets of rain pounded the towering glass walls of this city’s new American Civil War Museum as workers raced to finish preparations...
  3. lelliott19

    Golden Thread Interview: Longstreet says the trouble with Jeff Davis was "his meddling with military affairs"

    On the occasion of Longstreet's visit to Antietam in 1893, a correspondent of the Washington Post recorded the General's opinions on a number of topics. In this, the closing section of the interview, General Longstreet opines on "the trouble with" Jefferson Davis. "Do you think, General...
  4. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet says Lee had a "dangerous confidence"

    On the occasion of Longstreet's visit to Antietam in 1893, a correspondent of the Washington Post recorded the General's opinions on a number of topics. In this part of the interview, General Longstreet says that General Lee did not usually underestimate his opponent, but may have tended to...
  5. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet on his post-Gettysburg Relationship with Lee

    On the occasion of Longstreet's visit to Antietam in 1893, a correspondent of the Washington Post recorded the General's opinions on a number of topics. In this part of the interview, General Longstreet discusses his relationship with Lee after Gettysburg. "What were your relations General Lee...
  6. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet on Gettysburg Controversies

    On the occasion of Longstreet's visit to Antietam in 1893, a correspondent of the Washington Post recorded the General's opinions on a number of topics. In this part of the interview, General Longstreet discusses controversies after Gettysburg. ...The general then proceeded to discuss some of...
  7. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet on Lee's Military Attributes

    On the occasion of Longstreet's visit to Antietam in 1893, a correspondent of the Washington Post recorded the General's opinions on a number of topics. This part of the interview records General Longstreet's analysis of Lee's military attributes. In answer to a question as to what were General...
  8. Cdoug96

    Can Gen. Robert E. Lee still be considered "A great general and honorable man"?

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-e-lee-descendant-slams-trump-for-praising-confederate-general_us_5bc2a93de4b040bb4e82d9b6 What do you guys think? Can General Lee be considered a great general and honorable man? Or is it more correct to consider him a less than stellar general...
  9. Sorah_45thVA

    "Lee to the rear!"

    I was intrested in reading some first hand accounts of the infamous incident at ThevWilderness. Any information regarding this subject would be great. Also, any thoughts from the community on this? Thanks
  10. Elmer R. Woodard III

    Good Afternoon

    I am happy to announce that I have just completed the first and only book on the Battle of Gaines' Mill. https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/a-bloody-day-at-gaines-mill/ Maps by Hal Jesperson. Some highlights: Douglas Southall Freeman was not a very good historian. GASP! Who took the Union...
  11. wausaubob

    Grant and Lee compared, to others.

    There may be possible comparisons between Civil War generals and modern generals. The one comparison I have seen is between Ulysses Grant and General Omar Bradley. Both were described as uniquely suited to command American non-professional soldiers. Is that a valid comparison? One of our...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    April 8th, 1865, Lee And Grant Speak Of Blood, And Make It Stop

    From a stuffed Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly News, April, 1865, this illustration, hastily sketched in the midst of so much change, our country did not catch its breath for decades. The name " Appomattox " elbows its way into History Funny, ' Amelia Court House ' is an old blue print...
  13. WJC

    Better Strategist: Lee or Johnston?

    Most historians characterize Robert E. Lee as aggressive. They praise his audacity, daring, and combativeness. Some of them characterize Johnson as almost Lee's 'polar opposite': timid, overly cautious, afraid to commit his troops. Military writer George A. Bruce lamented: the passion of the...
  14. WJC

    Was the Maryland Invasion Really Necessary?

    Author Kent M. Brown has argued that instead of pursuing an invasion of Maryland in September 1862, Lee should have moved on Washington. Even without a battle, simply showing his ability to threaten the US capital would have been far more likely to win foreign recognition and far less costly...
  15. Belle Montgomery

    General Lee and Santa Claus - 1867 Book

    Three young girls in the rebel South worry that Santa Claus doesn't really love them, since he has not visited them in four years, and they write a letter to General Robert E. Lee, asking his opinion: Read book online...
  16. C

    William Hezekiah Lee

    My grandmother, Ada Catherine Lee Bohanan, died when I was a little girl. She and her husband Pleas Bohanan left Tennessee for land in Oklahoma, unfortunately about the time of the Dust Bowl. She did not speak much of it, but she said we are related to Robert E. Lee, through his father Henry...
  17. wausaubob

    lee v grant

    Grant conceded in his memoirs, that small events like the death due to disease of Congressman Haman in Mexico have an enormous impact on the fate of men. For Lee, it would have been expressed as God's will. Lee's family was connected to George Washington. The family stayed in Virginia, and Lee...
  18. wausaubob

    Around the World with General Grant pp. 615-627

    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112073690924;view=1up;seq=714 At the end of this conversation, probably intended for public consumption, General Grant speculates that neither holding Richmond nor the surrender at Appomattox were military necessities. The best military move, after...
  19. shermans_march

    Why did Lee say that McClellan was the best Union general?

    I don't understand this one. McClellan was a excellent organizer, but in battle he was too cautious and was unwilling to engage his whole force. The only battles that Lee and McClellan fought against each other was in the Peninsula Campaign, which was a Confederate victory and the Battle of...
  20. chellers

    Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign, from Falling

    Jeffrey Hunt (Author) Savas Beatie (July 19, 2017) The period of the Civil War in Virginia sandwiched between the traditional ending date of the Gettysburg Campaign and the arrival of U. S. Grant is routinely overlooked. The operations conducted during that period have been overshadowed by the...
  21. Southern Unionist

    Traveller - Lee's truest friend

    Lee's horse Traveller most definitely deserves his own thread. A case could be made for him being the most famous horse in American history. No other horse has appeared in statue form in nearly so many places. While there are many generals and US Presidents often depicted on horseback, they...


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