Where were we in our story? Oh, right... The rebs are getting their deserved beating, as befits traitors.
Today I want to talk about a particular poltroon by the name of Robert E. Lee. Yes, him. He is that fellow about whom so many of today's neo-traitors wax poetic.
Robert E. Lee was a son of one of the oldest blue-blooded families of Virginia, and his father "Light Horse Harry" Lee was a hero of the American Revolution.
When it was time, Lee decided that he had a military vocation and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. To all accounts Lee was an exemplary cadet and well-liked amongst his classmates.
After graduating from West Point and being commissioned in the United States Army, Lee distinguished himself as an military engineer and surveyor, and later served in combat during the Mexican War.
Fast forward to 1891, and Lee is a Colonel who, when the chips were down, forsook his oath to his country and resigned his commission in order to support, and actively participate in a rebellion against the duly constituted government of the United States of America.
So on April 20, 1861, Robert E. Lee became a traitor. Two days later, his treachery deepened when he accepted command of all military & naval forces for Virginia.
Why am I taking the time to give you a brief rundown on Lee's history? Simple, really, today I am going to do my own part in deconstructing the mythology of Mr. Lee. You see, he is considered by many to have been the best bandit war chief that the Confederates had. In many ways this is true, but one of the things that many people never talk about is that fact that Lee was that the rebels lost the war, for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons was Lee's incompetence.
Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was probably the best insurgent band in the entire Confederate "Army", and was vital to the military viability of the so-called "Confederacy". The problem is that R.E. Lee, despite his ability as a battlefield commander, made two strategic blunders that doomed the Confederate rebellion. The first mistake was to invade the north the first time, leading to the bloody disaster at the Battle of Antietam. The second, and ultimately fatal mistake, was Lee's attempt to deliver a "knockout punch" the the Union, by invading the north a second time, leading to the even greater disaster at Gettysburg.
The confederacy was never able to get back on it's feet after Lee's defeat, which was the start of their demise.
So... the next time you hear some neo-confederate whining about the war (seriously, they still do it) tell them that they lost because Lee was an incompetent, overconfident boob, who was lucky that he wasn't shot as a traitor, as he should have been.