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Old November 8, 2012, 06:59 PM   #84
Gaucho Gringo
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As to General Robert E. Lee he had not been trained as front line in charge war officer. The Mexican War was the only combat he saw up until the Civil War. He was a Combat Engineer and taught at West Point for many years. Only upon accepting the commission in the Confederate Army was he actually a front line battle officer. His only training in combat tactics was what every other West Point student received. It is to his credit that he used his training and native abilities to the maximum detriment of the Union Army for the first 2 1\2 years of the war. It is really too bad he didn't stay in the Union Army, he truly lost every he had by joining the Confederate cause. I think his ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War were rolling over in their graves over his decision. I admire the man, I just can't help to think he got the biggest decision of his life wrong and for that he paid the price for it.
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