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he opponent's character, its self-reliance, its vigor of execution, and its astonishing results, may be safely compared with the best campaigns of the greatest masters in the art of war — with Frederick's Leuthen, to which it bears as much likeness as a campaign of days can bear to a battle of hours, or with that greater feat, the amazing concentration by Washington of contingents from New York and from North Carolina, of new levies from the Virginia Valley, and of a French fleet from the West Indies to besiege and to capture the army of Cornwallis.
It is argued that Lee was strong only in defence, and was averse to taking the offensive.
Nothing could be more false.
He was to prove in the last year of the war his fertility of defensive resource and his unrivaled tenacity of resistance.
But his genius was aggressive.
Witness the bold transfer of his army from Richmond to the Rapidan, whilst McClellan's troops still rested on the James river.
Witness the audacity of detaching Ja