S Is Robert E. Lee Overrated as a General?

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"Is Robert E. Lee Overrated as a General?" Over the years many historians have argued over what led to the surrender of the South in the Civil War. Some say they are external factors, while others state internal factors that were the cause of the South loosing. Of all the important figures during the war, General Robert E. Lee seems to stand out from all the rest, even those important Generals in the North as the one individual people identify with. In fact, no Civil War figure is more difficult to comprehend than General Lee. A product of the Virginia aristocracy, Lee ranked second in his class at West Point and distinguished himself as an army engineer, bridge builder, and scout during the Mexican War (p. 327). Even considering this, Attorney Alan Nolan believes that Lee was overrated as a General. According to History Professor Gary W. Gallagher, he believes Lee was a revered figure whose efforts made a huge impact in the Civil War. Attorney Nolan offers a different view of General Lee and his accomplishments and undoing’s on the battlefield. I believe it was clear from the start that the South did not have the manpower or the resources to make the battle equally weighted on both sides. General Lee believed he could win the battle if they could pursue a strategic offensive against the North. However it became clear to him that the “superior numbers of the enemy” was a big concern. If he was a great leader why fight a battle you know you can’t win and lose so many lives, especially since Lee knew he would be eventually defeated. The situation at Appomattox was surely grim, but as has been noted, Lee had viewed the South’s situation in the same grim terms for anywhere from twenty to five months prior to 9 April 1865 (p. 332). Finally, Nolan concludes that the facts of the war cast serious doubt that Lee’s command efforts are really
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