Grant's view of Joe Johnston
I was reading Brook Simpson’s essay in “The Myth of the Lost Cause” and it is interesting that Grant says that of all the Confederate Commanders that he faced “Joe Johnston gave me more anxiety than any others”
“Take it all in all, the South, in my opinion, had no better soldier than Joe Johnston – none at least that gave me more trouble.”
Of Lee he said, “I never could see in his achievements what justifies his reputation”
I find this very interesting because there are those that would consider J. Johnston to be a “retreating” defensive general and not much of a fighter compared to Lee. So I guess my question is, has Johnston not been given a fair shake by historians and are there any that portray Johnston in a more favorable light?
- --- In email@example.com, Jfepperson@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 11/11/2004 6:38:36 PM Eastern Standard Time,was
> illiniillinois@y... writes:
> I agree. And don't forget there was Lee's comment that McClellan
> the best general he had ever faced. I think Grant was playing aAnd was made in private conversation, and reported after Lee's death.
> little tit for tat.
> Except that alleged Lee's comment about McClellan did not come to
> light until after Grant was dead.
Funny how so little of those treasured conversations were documented
while Lee was alive ... :-)