Cordero 2Before I begin to write my analysis of the generalship of Lee, Grant, and Sherman, I wanted to write the first words that came into my mind about each man. I want to see if my understanding of these men is shared by anyone else before I begin reading and diving into the differing perspectives provided by historians and other writers. 1. Lee – Tactician 2. Grant – Strategist 3. Sherman – WarriorThere are few figures in American history are more paradoxical, acrimonious, or indefinable than Robert E. Lee. He will forever be the hesitant and unfortunate leader of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the “War between the States” if you’re from the South or the “American Civil War” if you are from the North. Lee died five years after the end of the Civil War in 1870 at age 63 in his treasured Virginia. According to Millet “No general surpassed him in audacity and aggressiveness.”  During his leadership of the Confederate Army his audacity and aggressiveness served him well before the Battle of Gettysburg. During the battle of Seven Days from June 25 – July 1, 1862, Lee shredded the Union Army, led by General McClellan, with constant attacks. His aggressiveness continued during his victory against General Pope’s Federalist troops at Battle of Second Manassas. During the month of September 1862, he suffered tactical and strategic defeats at South Mountain and Antietam engaging McClellan. His next two major engagements at Fredericksburg against General Burnside and Chancellorsville against General Hooker. The tactics Lee used during his victory at Chancellorsville are studied by militaries around the world and is the high point of Lee’s generalship up this point in the Civil War.