I enjoyed it and it has caused me to reevaluate my opinion of Lee.
Have now elevated him above genius for his thinking how best to win the war and see how he envisaged the South’s only real chance for victory. I always thought him wrong to refuse to go West when asked, but see how necessary he was in the plan of things.
You know I hold the Western defeats dear and wish a Bragg replacement had been found earlier, only acknowledge now it could not be Lee.
My search for the answer goes on.
I know the whole Confederate heirachy( and modern military thinking)would have baulked at the idea of promoting someone two ranks(and not West Point), but how would the army have fared with Cleburne at the helm?
I know it is not a credible choice as he had two immediate superiors in the army(though Hardee refused) as well as two unused Full Generals outside of it.
I would like to read about Hardee and fathom why he could not see himself in the role. He did have the Army’s confidence. He is also another reason Cleburne could never have had the Army, having always been his superior.
I was looking at old pictures of Hitler's office tonight - does anybody know who is in this painting on the wall? It doesn't look like Frederick the great to me.
@Der-Kuenstler looks like Bismarck to me…The original Iron Chancellor…
I think you are right - thank you!