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d the term combative by calculation, meaning by that the conviction of General Lee that the Confederate armies could not afford to conduct a purely defensive warfare—if in strategy, not in tactics.
His greatest successes were won by aggressive operations.
So McClellan's grand army was pushed back upon its gunboats, the siege of Richmond raised, and an hundred thousand of the best troops of the Union paralyzed and neutralized, while the army of Northern Virginia first staggered Banks at Cedar Mountain and then drove Pope's legions in pell mell disorder back into the entrenchments around Washington.
'Twas so, as has been said, that he compassed that victory at Chancellorsville, which is still the study and wonder of the military schools of the world.
'Twas so that he freed the Valley of Virginia from invasion, sent Hooker back into Pennsylvania to defend his own; and 'twas so that the ark of Southern independence might have floated on the high tide of Gettysburg, but for contingencie