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|One trait of great generals in the Civil War could arguably be the willingness to be ruthless when "military necessity" demanded it. The Civil War provides fertile ground of examples of ruthless behavior both against civilians, against the enemy and even one's own men in the cause of trying to achieve a victory.
Is there an example of a truly great Civil War general on either side who can never have been said to be ruthless? Is there a general who declined to accept the "victory at all costs" philosophy and left an important battle or declined to implement a tactic or strategy because the cost of doing so "at all hazards" would be too great?