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 Posted: Sun Aug 31st, 2008 02:56 am
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The Iron Duke

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Are you trying to have a serious discussion or trying to stir the waters a bit?

Military leaders are generally conservative creatures by nature. That is why bold leaders like Lee, Hannibal, and Napoleon are so renown. Men like Ewell, Oliver Howard, and Burnside are more the norm.

If Lee punished failure then Ewell would have been dismissed after Gettysburg. Hill would have been gone after Bristoe Station. Longstreet would have never been welcomed back after his Knoxville Campaign.

Why wouldn't the battle plan come from Lee? He is the commander and the army is not a democracy. I believe it was Napoleon who said that councils of war never fight.

You should look more to West Point, where most of these men were trained, rather than to Lee for your answer.

Last edited on Sun Aug 31st, 2008 02:57 am by The Iron Duke

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