While surfing through the Civil War blogs this morning, I came across the following Lee quote, from Don Hogan's Civil War Markers. Conventional wisdom is that Lee was humble and self-effacing about his own abilities, and willing to accept criticism from the public about his perceived failures. But what are we to make of this?
Lee the snarky and sarcastic? How does that fit into the easy characterization of the "Marble Man"?"We made a great mistake in the beginning of ourstruggle, and I fear, in spite of all we can do, it willprove to be a fatal mistake. We appointed all ourworst generals to command our armies, and all ourbest generals to edit the newspapers."