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Kentucky Orphan, re chess and poker players

Actually, it was Edward G. Longacre's book The Commanders of Chancellorsville: The Gentleman versus the Rogue in which Longacre created an analogy to compare the two personalities.  Longacre asserted that Robert E. Lee's thinking was like a chess player, while Joseph Hooker was more like a poker player.

It was just an author's device to illustrate the differences between the two men.  I don't think Lee ever held a card in his life.  And Grant wasn't mentioned in Longacre's book.

Patty

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