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 Posted: Mon Aug 25th, 2008 12:00 am
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Hi folks,

Here's something that has intrigued me for a while. After the war ended, as I remember the story, someone - I think it may have been a reporter, but I can't recall for sure - asked Lee who he thought his best opponent was during the war.

Lee's answer - "McClellan. Without Question."

I'm going on memory, but that's how I recall it.

Two things about that answer that I've always wondered about. First, why McClellan? And second, why did the 'interviewer' not ask that very obvious follow-up question, as he apparently failed to do? Or if he did, he did not leave a record of Lee's answer, or I've not heard of it.

I've thought about it some and I have a theory of sorts as to why I think Lee chose McClellan, but on the face of it, it does seem like a surprising answer. And it has a sense of finality about it, as if it's not even open for debate. "Without question" doesn't leave much wiggle-room. So my question is, why do you think he chose McClellan as the best commander he faced during the war? I'd like to hear what everyone thinks.

Perry

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