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Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet at Gettysburg

Posted April 29th, 2013 at 12:24 AM by Stefany (The American Civil War)

It seems that Robert E. Lee gets a lot of bashing for Gettysburg not so much because of Pickett's charge, but because he didn't listen to his "Old War Horse" namely his second-in-command General James Longstreet. When Lee contrived the idea for the attack through the center of Meade's army, Longstreet said to him that his idea was horrible. Lee didn't listen to him, ordered the attack and it resulted in failure. But it seems that Lee gets a lot of bashing from historians for not listening...
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Robert E. Lee's loyalty

Posted April 11th, 2013 at 12:54 AM by Stefany (The American Civil War)
Updated April 11th, 2013 at 09:27 AM by Stefany

I have always been fascinated how in 1861 Colonel Robert E. Lee left the United States army and went to defend his home state of Virginia that just seceded. Lee was the most promising officer of the North, graduated 2nd from West Point and having distinguished himself in the Mexican war.

Upon his arrival in Washington to present his resignation, he was quickly made a full colonel and general-in-chief of the army of the Union, Winfield Scott, proposed him command of an army and a promotion...
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Halleck and the glorious capture of Corinth

Posted March 12th, 2013 at 09:14 AM by Stefany (The American Civil War)
Updated March 14th, 2013 at 08:18 AM by Stefany

After the battle of Shiloh, General Henry W. Halleck decided and capture Corinth, Mississippi.
He gathered an army of 120,000 men and wired Washington: "I will be in Corinth tomorrow" That "tomorrow" turned out to be 4 weeks.

The weather turned out to be rainy and the army was advancing really slowly. Halleck, being the needlessly careful general he was, made the soldiers dig entrenchments on nearly every advance, so the mood was horrible and the soldiers...
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Sherman and the journalists

Posted February 11th, 2013 at 12:00 PM by Stefany (The American Civil War)
Updated February 11th, 2013 at 01:05 PM by Stefany

William T. Sherman hated the reporters. He believed that they were spies because they tended to publish information about his troops and later on the Confederates just had to read the recent newspaper and they would know everything.
He regarded their reports “false, false as hell” and the people reading newspapers, he called them “the non-thinking herd”.

Sherman would often say "If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world,
but I am sure we would...
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Sherman's speech

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 05:31 AM by Stefany (The American Civil War)
Updated January 26th, 2013 at 04:07 AM by Stefany (I've eventually became a fan of the general and had to edit the first line of the blog.)

While reading Shelby Foote's "The Civil War - A Narrative" I came upon William T. Sherman's utterance before a Virginian professor back at the general's old days at the Louisiana Military Academy.

The people in the past are not like today's - they were way more direct back then and didn't talk with circumlocutions like 99.99 % of the people nowadays. This is what I especially like in the past - people were honest and straightforward.
Sherman's speech here shows...
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