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June 11, 2005

The Honor of Marse Robert

Somebody needs to stand up for Robert E. Lee. After having him win the Battle of Gettysburg decisively, William Forstchen and Newt Gingrich have him lose the entire Army of Northern Virginia--the entire army--to U.S. Grant before the end of 1863.

No way. No how. Even though he did order Pickett's Charge, Marse Robert was a *very* good general. Unless outnumbered more than five-to-one (as Lee was at Appomattox), it takes a John Bell Hood or a John Pemberton or a Simon Buckner to lose an entire army under Civil War conditions.

Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory (New York: Thomas Dunne: 0312342985).

But we should never forget what the power elite of the South was fighting for. Here it is in their own words:

The Address of George Williamson, Commissioner of Louisiana, to the Texas Secession Convention.

Posted by DeLong at June 11, 2005 08:50 PM