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ling that I was in the presence of a man who was cast in grander mould and made of different and finer metal than all other men.
President Andrews, of Brown University, said: I fail to find in the books any such masterful generalship as this hero showed, holding that slim, gray line, half starved, with no prospects of additions, and fighting when his army was too hungry to stand, and the rifles were only useful as clubs.
His courage was sublime.
He was as great as Gustavus Adolphus, or Napoleon, or Wellington, or Von Moltke.
Was he a great commander?
In the esteem of the army he led he was—in victory, in defeat, and in surrender, there was a confidence and devotion that grew and deepened to the end of the struggle, a universal faith in his capacity, his energy, his untiring loyalty and zeal.
In the esteem of the people of the South, the ability of Lee to lead their army in Virginia was unquestioned then, and remains unquestioned to this day.
A great man.
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