The Strategy of Robert E. Lee

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Neale Publishing Company, 1914 - HISTORY - 256 pages
General Robert E. Lee was the most celebrated general in the American Civil War. His leadership led the Confederate States of America close to victory against the Union. This interesting work from the early 20th century is an account of his strategy employed in his various campaigns of the war.
 

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Page 76 - I think Lee has made a gross mistake, and that he will be severely punished for it. The army is in motion as rapidly as possible.
Page 57 - I have come to you from the West, where we have always seen the backs of our enemies — from an army whose business it has been to seek the adversary, and to beat him when found, whose policy has been attack and not defence.
Page 99 - I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the Army and the Government needed a Dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those Generals who gain successes can set up dictators. What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship.
Page 99 - I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac. Of course I have done this upon what appear to me to be sufficient reasons, and yet I think it best for you to know that there are some things in regard to which I am not quite satisfied with you.
Page 65 - I am clear that one of two courses should be adopted : first, to concentrate all our available forces to open communication with Pope ; second, to leave Pope to get out of his scrape, and at once use all our means to make the capital perfectly safe.
Page 58 - taking strong positions and holding them," of "lines of retreat," and of "bases of supplies.
Page 57 - I presume that I have been called here to pursue the same system and to lead you against the enemy. It is my purpose to do so, and that speedily.
Page 81 - At that moment —Virginia lost, Washington menaced, Maryland invaded — the national cause could afford no risks of defeat. One battle lost, and almost all would have been lost. Lee's army might then have marched as it pleased on Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, or New York.
Page 39 - Intelligence from various quarters leaves no doubt that the enemy in great force are marching on Washington. You will please organize and forward immediately all the militia and volunteer force in your State...
Page 75 - I have all the plans of the rebels, and will catch them in their own trap, if my men are equal to the emergency.

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