I completely agree with this assessment. It's unfortunate that he gets dismissed because of his post-war activities.
Originally Posted by Reynolds357
I just don't see it. Tactically, Lee was sound, but he was unable to translate his tactical victories into strategic and operational success. I agree that his personnel and war materials disadvantages hindered him, but he didn't account for it and both of his offensive campaigns were extremely poor. Not to mention Gettysburg and beyond.
Lee made some mistakes, but I think it is a stretch to call him "incompetent." Had lee had anywhere close to the same amount of men, cavalry, artillery, food, medicine, and supplies that his counterpart had; Lee would have won the war.
The incompetentcy was on the western front. Had the truly incompetent commanders the C.S.A. had there not let the country get sliced in half, and then lost Atlanta; Lee would have had much more opportunity to win in the Virginia theater. Lee was forced out of his battle plan due to loses in the west and deep south.
I also agree in the West, and that it severely hampered the Eastern war. I just don't see Lee as the genius that most people seem to accredit him. Like I said earlier, I haven't studied this subject in great detail for some time, and I'm speaking entirely off of memory, so that could always be flawed.
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death ye will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betray thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!