GDG- Inevitable defeat
jlawrence at kc.rr.com
Tue Jan 24 12:06:23 CST 2012
Since we are using historical metaphors for Lee, here is one for the ages.
The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him
joy of his victory that one more such victory would utterly undo him. For he
had lost a great part of the forces he brought with him, and almost all his
particular friends and principal commanders; there were no others there to
make recruits, and he found the confederates in Italy backward. On the other
hand, as from a fountain continually flowing out of the city, the Roman camp
was quickly and plentifully filled up with fresh men, not at all abating in
courage for the loss they sustained, but even from their very anger gaining
new force and resolution to go on with the war.
Which pretty much describes every one of lee's "victories"?
Lee would probaly better be forgotten than have his name epitomized as king
Pyrrhus-asin Pyyrhic victory.
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> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> When you consider Lee as a general it is helpful, if not required, to
> remember the 2 Napoleonic Maxims of Warfare, which are:
> 1. Always strike with overwhelming force.....
> If you remember those 2 maxims you can start to get a handle on R.E.
> He was a master of those.
> ie. Witness Chancellorville or 2 nd Man. The man was briilliant. If you
> were in his shoes it would be hard to deviate from his actions, unless
> are a dumb guy, which fortunately we are not.
> Pemberton and J Johnston had some 50k men between them. With a 1000 miles
> between them and Lee he did the right thing.
> The fortress of Washington was his focus. He needed as mny people as
> possible. Because it was a fortress he knew that he could never
> attack it. He had to get the Northern forces away from DC in order to
> bring overwhelming force on the AoP.
> If you go into Penn you keep the Yanks off balance. And if you can, you
> attack with overwhelming force.
> It's actually very simple to understand Lee in that light.
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> I like how it sounds.
> A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
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