Sunday, February 7, 2010

Man Week

We have spent a few weeks here looking at things like hats, and women voting, and fashion and so forth, so, this week is going to be Man Week. We are going to look throughout history, and feature the greatest generals that ever lived.

We kick this off with the greatest general of all times. General Robert E. Lee. We love Lee because he was the underdog, and he almost pulled it off. The south had fewer men, fewer weapons, and fewer supplies, but Lee was able to almost always fight to either a victory or a draw. Through it all, Lee remained a man of honor.


Lee died on October 12, 1870. During his last moments he was incoherent, and was calling on General A.P. Hill to bring his troops up. Then, his final words were, "Strike the Tent".

10 comments:

  1. I agree PJM. Lee was a man of integrity, a true leader who in the last moments of the civil war negoiated for his men to be able to keep their mounts so they could farm with them when they got home. An admirable man to the end.

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  2. I find the profile pose interesting, I do not see many modern professional portraits done in this manner.

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  3. I cannot disagree with my nemesis today. We need men more men of honor and humility like Gen. Lee.

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  4. General Lee's explanation for why the South lost the Civil War was, "We mistakenly appointed all our competent generals to edit newspapers."

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  5. God bless Marse Bob! He was such a fine man -- my father greatly admired him, and many years ago I had the privilege of seeing his office at Washington & Lee University at Lexington, VA. Dad would have loved it.

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  6. I agree as well. I live in the North, but I wish the South had won.

    Lee had amazing integrity - sorely missing today.

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  7. Just saying I love your blog! One of those readers who never get here fast enough to make a first comment and spot a personality of the day.

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  8. +JMJ+

    A manly man and a devout Christian. Excellent choice, sir!!!

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  9. Just curious, but, why do people always say Lee was the greatest general ever? He failed to win the war his people placed him at the head of the army to win. He made a major miscalculation at Gettysburg. You cannot say he was out gunned...when did his men not have guns or bullets to shoot back and many of his big victories he was out numbered.

    Why did Lee's success change as of 1864 when Grant appeared on the scene? Why did 50-60 thousand men leave his army if he was the greatest general ever?

    Just food for thought.

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  10. Think about this...we (the South) may have lost the war, but more modern US Army posts are named for Confederate generals than for Union ones. Fort Lee, Fort Hood, Fort Polk, Fort Benning, Fort Bragg...just to name a few.

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