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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
he had more military perception, though less education and engineering skill. Great soldiers, like poets, are born, not made. Military training, discipline, the study of strategy, and grand tactics are powerful re-enforcements to natural genius. All the army commanders from 1861 to 1865, on either side, were West Point graduates; but many West Pointers were indifferent officers; on the other hand, others climbed high on Fame's military ladder who never attended a military school. Generals Logan and Terry on the Northern, and Generals Forrest and Gordon on the Southern side, were distinguished examples; but if to their soldierly qualifications a military education had been added, their ascent to distinction would have been greatly facilitated. Lieutenant Lee entered upon the usual life of a young officer of engineers; his chosen profession had his earnest attention, and every effort was made to acquire information. He knew his studies at West Point were only the foundation
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Index. (search)
d, 5, 6. Lees of Virginia, 2, Letcher, Governor, John, mentioned, 90, 101, 126, 318. Liberty Hall Academy, 405. Ligny, battle of, 424. Lincoln, Abraham, elected President, 83; mentioned, 96, 103, 136, 137, 157, 166, 169, 170, 175, 176, 177, 197, 207, 218, 219, 221; warning to Hooker, 240; mentioned, 243, 262, 264; Grant and Lincoln meet, 382; Lincoln in Richmond, 382; assassination of, 400. Little Napoleon-McClellan, 214. Little Round Top-Gettysburg, 274, 280, 282, 283. Logan, General John A., mentioned, 24. Lomax, General L. L., in the Valley, 370. Long, General, mentioned, 28, 276. Longstreet, General, James, notice of, 47; mentioned, 138, 139, 148, 158, 165, 180, 181, 190 , 191, 192, 193, 203, 205, 208, 220, 222, 226, 260, 262, 264, 265, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 283, 284, 294; sent to the Southwest, 313; wounded in the Wilderness, 331; return to duty, 365; joins General Lee, pursued, 387. Loring, General, mentioned, 116, 118. Loudoun Heights, Va