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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2018 3:12 p.m. PST

"….Lee was not opposed to slavery. He saw it as a necessary evil for the society, but not as a positive good, hence his lack of enthusiasm for it.

McClellan was not a peace candidate. He was committed to beating the south. However, this does not mean his election would have been a good thing.

The war did not give a boost to the Industrial Revolution, in fact it probably put the whole thing on pause as investment and commercial output fell during the war years.

Jefferson Davis and Bragg were not friends. Davis simply had few alternatives to Bragg's generalship after Murfressboro and he thought it unwise to sack him after Chickamauga because he had just won a victory and had Rosecrans cornered…."
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Lee49414 Aug 2018 3:50 p.m. PST


wpilon14 Aug 2018 5:06 p.m. PST

#3 is totally wrong. The U.S. Government was spending something like a million dollars a day, much of which was going to industrial firms, which created a vast incentive for investment.

jdginaz14 Aug 2018 5:10 p.m. PST

So is number #2. He didn't want to beat the South he wanted a stalemate and then peace talks.

wpilon14 Aug 2018 5:15 p.m. PST

He wanted to beat the South, but he didn't want to beat them too badly or free any slaves white doing it.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 4:15 a.m. PST

#5 "The rifle-musket had revolutionized warfare, but the generals were too stupid to realize it, so they used obsolete tactics and that led to mass slaughter on the battlefield."

Sparta19 Aug 2018 10:46 a.m. PST

++ for #5

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2018 9:36 p.m. PST

I happened across this article on "The Myth of the Kindly General Lee" and gives another perspective on the man and his times:


Trajanus28 Aug 2018 2:08 a.m. PST

Stone me! Not in a position to fact check every line of that article but it certainly socks it to "the Marble Man" theorists and no mistake!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Aug 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

Yes, Lee's position on slavery, was not a nice one. He demanded loyalty from those around him and he felt that since slavery was actually a good thing for the blacks, they owed him loyalty. If he didn't get that loyalty he could respond with rage and brutality. He probably wasn't all that much different from other slave owners, but it is still a reality very much at odds with the legend of the kindly gentleman which has been built for him.

Trajanus28 Aug 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

I noticed that David Blight is mentioned in that article.

FWIW and for those who don't know, his entire run of lectures on the Civil War to his Yale students is available on You Tube. Be advised there are 28 of them and they run around 45 – 50 mins each but they cover the whole period from the 1840s to the 1870s.

Like a Yale course for free!

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