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 Posted: Thu Sep 4th, 2008 03:22 am
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5 Fish, a good book for you to read that might answer some of your questions about Lee's leadership, his subordinate commanders and his troops is "General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse"  by Joseph Glatthaar.

One lesson that book will teach you is that Lee was not operating in a vaccuum. Much of what he did took place within the relm of Confederate culture, politics, economics, strengths and limitations. So Lee couldn't always just say something and expect it to be done exactly as he ordered.

Also he couldn't just simply fire generals who appeared to be insubordinate or operating as if they had independent command, because, especially as the war wore on, his officer corps was growing severely strained and thinned by death, wounding, disease and capture.

Another thing, Jefferson Davis had input to the way things were run, who got reinforcements, who would be drafted, whether slaves could be trained and armed as soldiers, what campaigns would be encourgaed, what campaigns would not be seen as pratical or viable.

But I won't summarize the book for you. Read it once, twice, five times. You will see that no Civil War general, not even Lee, operated all by himself.

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