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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
Washington for obvious reasons founded the country, even though he loss most of his battles, but he won the war.

McArthur, Spearheaded the fight against Japan in the Pacific, then he single handily reformed Japan from a totalitarian state to a liberal democracy.

Patton greatest battlefield leader tactician, we ever had.

Colin Powell led our Armed forces to a devastating victory in such a short amount time over an enemy (many experts thought, we would be bogged down in defeating because of their firepower) with a minimal loss of American lives.

do not mention Lee because he was not an American (he was a traitor and Confederate) when he led the rebellious southern troops.
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(07-19-2015 01:26 PM)BIgCatonProwl Wrote:  do not mention Lee because he was not an American (he was a traitor and Confederate) when he led the rebellious southern troops.

Now! Now! Let's not turn this into politics. Lee was born a US citizen and died a US citizen. He was never once charged with treason nor was any member of the Confederate government.
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
Perhaps the most underrated, Gen. John Pershing.

He took a group of nobodies with none of the equipment or experience to fight a modern was and turned them into an effective fighting force in record time. Also, to add to that, he really did create the first modern American army from scratch.

We've perhaps never had a leader to match his administrative skill.

To his tactical and strategic skill, it can't exactly be measured in the same way as say a Lee or Grant but it can be measured in the learning curve he underwent. The American army in the field began the war woefully unprepared from a strategic and tactical perspective and learned what took the other allies 3 years in less than 1.

He was an impressive individual to say the least, and one often forgotten by our history since we don't seem to spend a lot of time on the First World War.
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
(07-20-2015 08:30 AM)49RFootballNow Wrote:  
(07-19-2015 01:26 PM)BIgCatonProwl Wrote:  do not mention Lee because he was not an American (he was a traitor and Confederate) when he led the rebellious southern troops.

Now! Now! Let's not turn this into politics. Lee was born a US citizen and died a US citizen. He was never once charged with treason nor was any member of the Confederate government.

Lee's US citizenship was never restored, neither was he pardoned, until Congress "In 1975, Lee's full rights of citizenship were posthumously restored by a joint congressional resolution effective June 13, 1865."

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How would you rank the greatest US generals?
He died in 1870, how was he honored posthumously in 1865?

Also , there's a reason why Salmon P. Chase never tried Jefferson Davis as a traitor. Sand applies to Lee and each Southern Patriot.

As a General is still studied at USMA.
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(07-22-2015 10:14 AM)South Carolina Duke Wrote:  He died in 1870, how was he honored posthumously in 1865?

Also , there's a reason why Salmon P. Chase never tried Jefferson Davis as a traitor. Sand applies to Lee and each Southern Patriot.

As a General is still studied at USMA.

I think the Congress, did it that way because that's when the Civil War ended in 1865 and the United States was whole again with the southern states back in the fold.
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(07-22-2015 10:39 AM)BIgCatonProwl Wrote:  
(07-22-2015 10:14 AM)South Carolina Duke Wrote:  He died in 1870, how was he honored posthumously in 1865?

Also , there's a reason why Salmon P. Chase never tried Jefferson Davis as a traitor. Sand applies to Lee and each Southern Patriot.

As a General is still studied at USMA.
I think the Congress, did it that way because that's when the Civil War ended in 1865 and the United States was whole again with the southern states back in the fold.
Wrong. They did it that way because of the tremendous regard everyone in the nation had for General Lee. He was offered the command of the Union Army before the war started, but he couldn't fight against fellow Virginians, and took command of the Confederate Army instead

But he was a man of honor, and was treated as such. Had it not been for the respect granted General Lee, the south would have been treated far worse.
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How would you rank the greatest US generals?
Plus Salmon P Chase couldn't try Davis nor any other Confederate since their acts were covered under the Constitution. Would have lost that in the court of law.
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
1) Lee
2) Patton
3) Stonewall Jackson
4) Andrew Jackson
5) Sam Houston
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
General Greene has to be top 5.
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