Zzzcompared to English commanders.
I have counted Early
amongst the great soldiers of history, and as our Mother Country ranks amongst the great military nations, I would ask you who are her great soldiers who might be put before him?
Who, in her centuries of battles, would you name as great commanders in the sense of those who have led great forces, and found the delight of battle with their peers?
, yes; Wellington
, yes. Who next?
Trying to discover the next you begin to realize how scant is British history in the names of great commanders.
I believe Virginia
alone in the late war produced more men for whom that title could be claimed than Great Britain
in all her history.
Heroes in abundance and accomplished officers she has produced; but her wars have been for the most part against inferiors—against Hindoos, and Persians, Afghans, Zulus, Chinese
, Egyptians, Arabs and Matabeles.
The greatest army of her own that she ever mustered was the 30,000 of Wellington
Her forces have generally co-operated with allies; or been swelled by hirelings and dependents, under her well-trained officers; her position has not been such as to develop campaigns such as we had in the late war, or to afford opportunities for such leaders as Lee
, Joseph E. Johnston
, A. P. Hill
, and Early
The fact is that since the battle of Sedgmoor, fought August 5, 1665, between the Duke
, some 6,000 strong, and the forces of King James II., under John Churchill
, afterwards the Duke
, in which Monmouth
lost a thousand and Churchill
some 300 slain, ‘no conflict deserving the name of battle has been fought on English ground.’