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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2021 3:01 p.m. PST

Unfortunately this has been a failed Quiz … but the question is interesting … who were they and why the worst? … you can always learn in TMP



21eRegt04 Jun 2021 5:35 p.m. PST

Hard to argue against Wilkinson being the worst, though William Windor gives him a good run. Or race.

mikec260 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2021 6:05 p.m. PST

True, but Hull deserves some credit or discredit too.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2021 6:30 p.m. PST

For me it has to be Wilkinson. He was selling military information to the Spanish all the time he was in command of the the American southwest. And we still have a county named for him here in Mississippi. Of course we still have one named for Jefferson Davis. Unfortunately I don't see either being renamed anytime soon.


Brechtel19805 Jun 2021 2:41 a.m. PST

Wilkinson without a doubt. He was willfully incompetent and a traitor to boot.

Winfield Scott was court-martialed for criticizing Wilkinson when Scott was a captain and was suspended from duty for a year 'without pay.' He proclaimed Wilkinson a 'finished scoundrel.'

Wilkinson also cheated his troops out of their rations to enrich himself. Unfortunately, it took his superiors much too long to figure out that not only was he an incompetent, he was a criminal.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2021 4:59 a.m. PST

Wilkinson could win a poll for worst American general, not restricted to the war of 1812.


Peter L05 Jun 2021 6:51 a.m. PST

I have to agree with the others that Wilkinson takes the (dis)honors

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2021 8:36 a.m. PST

Wilkinson without any doubt for all the reasons stated and many more.

John the OFM05 Jun 2021 9:48 a.m. PST

The only real contest here is who comes in second.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2021 10:52 a.m. PST


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2021 2:38 p.m. PST



ChrisBrantley05 Jun 2021 4:20 p.m. PST

I like Leckie's characterization of Wilkinson as the general who never won a battle but never lost a court martial.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2021 10:58 p.m. PST

How he ended his career?…


15th Hussar06 Jun 2021 1:08 a.m. PST

After reading Graves, Berton and several other books on the Niagara Campaign of 1814, I know who the most under appreciated US General was, sort of like an early version of GH Thomas from the ACW, BG Eleazer Wheelock Ripley

Brechtel19807 Jun 2021 12:24 a.m. PST

Ripley had a bad habit of getting on Jacob Brown's bad side.

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