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

Check out

General Lee, Stratford Hall

when was this said?

Robert E. Lee, Alexandria

i think it wasnt the best but it was good


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