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 Posted: Tue Mar 18th, 2008 08:33 pm
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I'm completely sincere in this, but I think the best quality a Civil War general had was a benevolent biographer to quantify his life. Much of what we believe of Robert E. Lee came from Douglas Southall Freeman. Whether we like (or dislike) Grant depends on which biography we read, or whether we read his autobiography. Stonewall Jackson's legend is far greater than the man himself, as can be said about William Tecumseh Sherman. I don't believe that its impossible to look at their records and form an opinion, but I respectfully ask how many here have studied their campaigns without relying on secondary sources? This is not meant as an insult to the fine opinions presented here, but rather as fodder for more discussion.

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