Robert E. Lee: Hero And Something Else

I dearly love history and when Our Dear Supreme Leader lets his knowledge be known then it is cause for celebration.

Our Dear Supreme Leader has seemed to want to re-write the days of the Civil War he has even gone so far as to heap praise of the general of the losing army, Robert E. Lee……….

President Trump was in Lebanon, Ohio, Friday night to rally for the state’s gubernatorial and congressional candidates, but the AP reports much of his hour-plus speech focused on the highlights of his week, which included Brett Kavanaugh being seated on the Supreme Court and pastor Andrew Brunson’s release from Turkey. As USA Today observes, Trump has a tendency to tout his 2016 win when making these kinds of appearances, but on Friday, he focused on much older history, zeroing in on the Civil War and Generals Lee and Grant. “So Robert E. Lee was a great general and Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia, he couldn’t beat Robert E. Lee,” Trump began. “He was going crazy … but Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle and Abraham Lincoln came home and he said ‘I can’t beat Robert E. Lee.'”

He then flowed into the tale of a native son of Ohio: Ulysses S. Grant, a general who Trump described as struggling with alcohol and lacking the backing of other military leaders. “They said ‘Don’t take him; he’s got a drinking problem.’ And Lincoln said, ‘I don’t care what problem he has. You guys aren’t winning.’ And his name was Grant, General Grant,” Trump said. “And he went in and knocked the hell out of everyone. They said to Lincoln, ‘You can’t use him anymore, he’s an alcoholic’ and Lincoln said, ‘I don’t care if he’s an alcohol, frankly, get me six or seven just like him.'” Other outlets including NBC News and the Hill reported on Trump’s praise of Lee, which Twitchy sees as “BS,” noting the praise was simply given as the run-up to introducing Grant. Politico’s take: “Civil War history has been fraught territory for Trump and key members of his administration.

Our Dear Supreme Leader may not be a student of history but his synopsis above is correct….a bit colorful but accurate.

History has proven that even though he was the losing general he was also a damn fine general no matter….but since we are writing about the Civil War let us take a look at the stuff that Churchill had to say……..the South could have won that war…….

The Confederates capture Washington? That’s just one of the clever bits of fiction that Churchill conjured up in his 1931 essay (Photo Illustration by Vertis Communications; White House: Library of Congress; Confederate Flag: Thinkstock).

Many who have read and relied on Winston Churchill’s magnificent historical works may be surprised to learn that he once devised an elaborate explanation of how Jeb Stuart prevented World War I. This seemingly far-fetched analysis was the great man’s contribution to If, or History Rewritten, a 1931 collection of essays by historians of the day. Each explored a world where events had unfolded contrary to recorded history, with titles such as “If Napoleon Had Escaped to America” and “If the Moors in Spain Had Won.” Churchill penned his contribution during his wilderness years, when he was out of office and working the lecture circuit across America. The essay is a playful study of a Civil War counterfactual: what might have happened had Robert E. Lee, with help from Stuart, won at Gettysburg and carried the South to victory in the war. It offers a look at Churchill’s lively imagination at work, as well as a few glimpses of his views on race, war, and international politics as the storm clouds of World War II began to gather.

Those hard core Southerners…the ones that believe “The South Shall Rise Again”….really needs to read this and get their stupidity straight…..and in the same time get some much needed ata boys in.


4 thoughts on “Robert E. Lee: Hero And Something Else

  1. I can’t get past Trump’s rantings that sound as if he only knows the bare bones about the war that fixed the destiny of his own country.
    But let’s not discount Beauregard, Jackson, and above all, Longstreet. Lee was a gentleman, and had the love of his troops, but he was far from being a great general. If Jackson had not been mistakenly killed by his own side, and Lee had left the overall strategy to Longstreet, he might well have won. Or at the very least ‘forced a draw’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Longstreet in my opinion could have won the war….Gettysburg his concerns were spot on and if they had done what he said they could have DC in their sights….chuq

  2. I have read that Lee never won another major battle after Jackson was killed.

    My great, great grandfather fought under Jackson in Virginia. Lost a leg in a accident while on bridge detail working on a bridge later in Tennessee. Lived to a fairly old age. His confederate pension helped.

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