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 Posted: Sat Aug 2nd, 2008 03:31 am
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A Carthaginian general once said to Hannibal, "You know how to win victories but not how to use them!" I think the same could be said of Lee. His tactical victories were often pyrrhic because his army was so worn down that he couldn't turn them into strategic advantages. Lee comes off to me as being a little too impulsive. His entire inclination to every tactical scenario was attack, attack, attack until his army was wrecked just like Foch at the First Battle of the Marne.  However, I do think that Second Manassas, not Chancellorsville, is Lee's true masterpiece. It's the one campaign where he gained a major strategic advantage and won a dazzling tactical victory.

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