undeserved spotlight and fame
- Lieutenant Colonel Archer Anderson, assistant
adjutant-general assigned to the conscript service in
the State of Virginia outside of the city of Richmond
said this after the war.
"I have only time to say that for nine months the
Confederate commander (referring to Lee) displayed
every art by which genius and courage can make good
the lack of numbers and resources.
But the increasing misfortunes of the Confederate arms
on other theatres of the war gradually cut off the
supply of men and means. The Army of Northern
Virginia ceased to be recruited, it ceased to be
adequately fed. It lived for months on less than
one-third rations. It was demoralised, not by the
enemy in its front, but by the enemy in Georgia and
the Carolinas." (referring to Sherman)
General Joseph E. Johnston is quoted as saying:
When I learned that Sherman's army was marching
through the Salk swamps, making its own corduroy roads
at the rate of a dozen miles a day, I made up my mind
that there had been no such army in existence since
the days of Julius Caesar.
Sounds to me like Sherman had enough people in the
confederacy giving him praise that he did not have to
pat himself on the back at the expense of Thomas or
There were many in the north who wanted Lee and other
confederate leaders hung for treason after the war.
Grant used his popularity with the people to force
President Johnson and others to abide by the "terms of
surrender" and leave them alone.
I can not see any "undeserved spotlight and fame" shed
on Grant or Sherman. To the winner goes the spoils.
Grant and Sherman were in many ways complete opposites
yet together they were the leaders of an army that was
unmatched in the world.
"It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country." --Thomas Jefferson
"A great many people in the world do not think as I do about these things. But I care nothing for that. The knowledge that I am right is sufficient for me." -- Mark Twain
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