Letters, Mar. 17, 1941

Manassas I & II

Sirs:

Your military editor needs to polish up his Civil War history. In TIME (Feb. 17) occurs this statement: "Failure to do just that (keep his enemy rolling) is an occupational disease among generals, who often have a fatal weakness for consolidation after partial victory—e.g., Meade after Gettysburg, Lee after Manassas I and II." It so happens that Lee was not in command at the First Battle of Manassas. The Confederates were commanded by Beauregard, who was joined by Joseph E. Johnston and later in the afternoon by Kirby...

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