Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee, (1807-1870) General-in-Chief of the Confederate States army

Robert E. Lee Quote

“[W]e made a great mistake in the beginning of our struggle, and I fear, in spite of all we can do, it will prove to be a fatal mistake. We appointed all our worst generals to command our armies, and all our best generals to edit the newspapers.”

Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee
~ Robert E. Lee

Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Letters of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1875

Ratings and Comments

Bill Chisolm, Cayce, SC

Can anyone confirm that R.E. Lee actually said this and if so when and to whom. Can you give a source. If so please write me at

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J    4/6/07

The media has always been a problem.

Steve, Kennesaw GA USA

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General Lee, Stratford Hall

when was this said?

Robert E. Lee, Alexandria

i think it wasnt the best but it was good

Mike, Norwalk

I'm not quite sure how to rate this, there is not enough context to know Lee's full or actual mind set. Today, the best (or worst if you will) generals are both commanding the military as well as presenting the news (such perfected collaboration between the two make each one indistinguishable  one from the other). The lying pony faced dog soldier, with his Woke appointments and supporting theocratic propaganda (MSM), is well intrenched with the best in their fields that can be found.

E Archer, NYC

Controlling the narrative via censorship and propaganda is integral to keeping a populace weak and under the influence of the powers-that-should-not-be.   But in the end, only outright civilian force can defeat the would-be-rulers.  Perhaps Lee was referring to something along those lines.


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