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Mark-

  One obvious reason that there weren't a large number of excellent general officers available to the Confederacy by the end of 1864 was that a considerable number of them had been killed or disabled.

  As for the ANV, I don't think that any other officer could have had the ability to keep them together as long as General Lee did. E.K. Smith was an able general, but the eastern theater would have been completely new to him. I don't think that any western general could have commanded the respect that a Lee or a Longstreet could. (General Beauregard could not have in my opinion).

  We're into what ifs now. If I couldn't have had Lee or Longstreet, then the next best might have been A.P. Hill. The problem there, as you mentioned, was that you couldn't predict whether or not he would be fit at any future time. After him, my choice might have been General Ewell. All of this is, of course, just conjecture.

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