Greatest commander in the years following Napoleon?

Aug 2019
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tilted towers
So basically 1815- Now. I don't know too much about this time period, but from what I do know, I would pick Helmuth von Moltke the elder.
 
Mar 2016
1,222
Australia
The increasingly decentralised and collaborative nature of military high command in the mid-to-late 19th century saw a general shift away from the single great military leader like in the age of Frederick the Great to Napoleon. Von Moltke was a great leader, but he relied quite strongly on an equally great selection of subordinates and the general high quality of the Prussian military high command, which bore more similarity to the composition and approach of the World War One-era German high command than it did to Napoleon's era. I would agree with Mastersonmcvoidson in considering Radetzky as one of the most outstanding generals of the era, which was closer to the Napoleonic era than not.
 
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Ichon

Ad Honorem
Mar 2013
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Wolseley, Grant, Geronimo, Botha, Moltke, Allenby, Lawrence, Guderian, Nimitz, Zhukov.

Few in this era rose to the prominence of earlier eras due to the use of general staffs and the military subservience to civil authority most of the time along with the sheer size of modern armies but they all affected their contemporary era via the display of new tactics or organized new principals of war in a way that was effectively used within their own time period.
 
Feb 2019
846
Serbia
I will break this up into historical periods, in no particular order:

1815-1914:

Winfield Scott
Garnet Wolesley
Joseph Radetzky
Ulysses Grant
George Meade
Philip Sheridan
Robert E. Lee
Stonewall Jackson
Nathaniel Forrest
Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
Frederick Roberts
Jacques Leroy de Saint Arnaud

World War I:

Paul von Hindenburg
August von Mackensen
Max Hoffman
Erich Ludendorff
Svetozar Borojević
Mustafa Kemal
Edmund Allenby
Douglas Haig
John Monash
Ferdinand Foch
Phillipe Petain
Armando Diaz
Živojin Mišić
Alexei Brusilov

World War II:

Erich von Manstein
Feodor von Bock
Erwin Rommel
Albert Kesselring
Walter Model
Giovanni Messe
Carl von Mannerheim
Alan Brooke
Harold Alexander
William Slim
Bernard Montgomery
Archibald Wavel
Georgy Zhukov
Konstantin Rokossovksy
Nikolai Vatutin
George Marshal
Omar Bradley
Dwight Eisenhower
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I have excluded naval and air force commanders from this list, I have also probably missed out on some commanders.
 
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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
21,710
SoCal
I will break this up into historical periods, in no particular order:

1815-1914:

Winfield Scott
Garnet Wolesley
Joseph Radetzky
Ulysses Grant
George Meade
Philip Sheridan
Robert E. Lee
Stonewall Jackson
Nathaniel Forrest
Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
Frederick Roberts
Jacques Leroy de Saint Arnaud

World War I:

Paul von Hindenburg
August von Mackensen
Max Hoffman
Erich Ludendorff
Svetozar Borojević
Mustafa Kemal
Edmund Allenby
Douglas Haig
John Monash
Ferdinand Foch
Phillipe Petain
Armando Diaz
Živojin Mišić
Alexei Brusilov

World War II:

Erich von Manstein
Feodor von Bock
Erwin Rommel
Albert Kesselring
Walter Model
Giovanni Messe
Carl von Mannerheim
Alan Brooke
Harold Alexander
William Slim
Bernard Montgomery
Archibald Wavel
Georgy Zhukov
Konstantin Rokossovksy
Nikolai Vatutin
George Marshal
Omar Bradley
Dwight Eisenhower
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I have excluded naval and air force commanders from this list, I have also probably missed out on some commanders.
Are you ranking them in any particular order here?