Archduke Charles vs Pompey the Great vs Robert E Lee

Greater General

  • Archduke Charles Louis John Joseph Laurentius of Austria, Duke of Teschen

    Votes: 5 26.3%
  • Robert Edward Lee

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • Gnaeus Pompey Magnus

    Votes: 13 68.4%

  • Total voters
    19
Feb 2019
928
Serbia
I've only really studied Charles in detail, the others I have a layman's knowledge of. Pompey's career is certainly formidable but I don't know much about his battles. Charles was great but often overly-cautious and had something left to be desired.
 
May 2018
880
Michigan
I've only really studied Charles in detail, the others I have a layman's knowledge of. Pompey's career is certainly formidable but I don't know much about his battles. Charles was great but often overly-cautious and had something left to be desired.
I have the benefit of being fairly familiar with Pompey and Lee, but know very little about Archduke Charles. Pompey was certainly Lee's superior, and if my general impression of Archduke Charles career is a good one.
 
Oct 2018
126
US
Lee, without a doubt. Study Sharpsburg, the Seven Days, and Chancellorsville and then we'll have a conversation.

Or, for defensive fights, Cold Harbor, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Court House, and The Wilderness.

Lee is only seconded to Stonewall Jackson, George Washington, and possibly Pershing in American History. Only seconded to Joshua, Captain of the Host of Israel, in world history.

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Jun 2010
132
Fallingwater
Lee, without a doubt. Study Sharpsburg, the Seven Days, and Chancellorsville and then we'll have a conversation.

Or, for defensive fights, Cold Harbor, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Court House, and The Wilderness.

Lee is only seconded to Stonewall Jackson, George Washington, and possibly Pershing in American History. Only seconded to Joshua, Captain of the Host of Israel, in world history.

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Interesting take
 

Zip

Jan 2018
563
Comancheria
Lee is somewhat overrated. He fought second string Federal generals and a second string and often disfunctional Federal army, the Army of the Potomac. He never faced the best Federal armies, the western ones, the Army of the Tennessee and Army of the Cumberland, and when in 1864 Grant, Ord and Sheridan went east from the western armies and tuned up the Armies of the Potomac and the James (a difficult job), well, Lee was bagged within a year.

Lee was a capable tactician and a mediocre strategist with a narrow vision, though in fairness it's hard to envision any successful strategy for the rebellion short of help from the Kyrellian Armada hidden in the rings of Saturn.
 
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Mar 2018
837
UK
Lee is only seconded to Stonewall Jackson, George Washington, and possibly Pershing in American History. Only seconded to Joshua, Captain of the Host of Israel, in world history.
It's hard to take the rest of the post seriously when it contains this sentence. Are you seriously suggesting that we should believe that the best generals in history are 1) Biblical figures and 2) All American?
 

nuclearguy165

Ad Honorem
Nov 2011
4,803
Ohio, USA
Pompey. Of the 3, he may have been the weakest tactician but he was still the strongest overall campaigner.
 

sculptingman

Ad Honorem
Oct 2009
3,653
San Diego
Lee, without a doubt. Study Sharpsburg, the Seven Days, and Chancellorsville and then we'll have a conversation.

Or, for defensive fights, Cold Harbor, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Court House, and The Wilderness.

Lee is only seconded to Stonewall Jackson, George Washington, and possibly Pershing in American History. Only seconded to Joshua, Captain of the Host of Israel, in world history.

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Well- except for that Grant fellow that beat Lee silly six ways from sunday.