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Squire James

reply to FFH5

Re: IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

Lee probably had the right idea bringing the battle like that. It was probably one of the only times he had anything near the numbers the Union fielded, and if he had won that battle the Confederacy would likely had won the war.

If he had been a Union general (and he very nearly was), I think the South would have been treated better in the aftermath of the war and would have been less bitter about things. With less bitterness, perhaps some of the civil rights issues that came up would have been avoided (or perhaps not). Certainly Lee would have made a better post-war President than the likes of Ulysses S. Grant.