Robert E. Meade A Leader Of The Civil War

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Robert E. Lee Robert E. Lee was a General in the Confederate army and led the south in fighting the Union army in the American Civil War. He was a seasoned general, in fact, he could’ve even led the Union army if he took the offer up from President Lincoln. Before he decided to lead the south, he had thought long and hard because he didn’t really see a purpose for there to be a war centered around slavery. But with his ties to Virginia, he decided to go ahead and lead the Confederates in the Civil War. Robert E. Lee had much respect from the soldiers he lead, and lots of them would blindly follow his orders without thinking twice about them. But at the same time, although he was a general with much experience, a few soldiers still questioned …show more content…
Meade George G. Meade was a Major General for the Union Army. He took major control of the army just before the Battle of Gettysburg. Becoming a leader of an army just days before a major battle began put much doubt from the enemy on him to succeed. Confederates believed Meade would take a very long time to attack, since he was a new commander and needed time to figure out how to control his army properly and get organized. Meade was hesitant and indecisive in his actions during this battle. Meade wanted to retreat on the morning of the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The reason he stayed was because other generals convinced him to stay because Lee’s next move was very obvious. Most of the generals on the Union side were very sure Lee would attack today, and many even guessed correctly that the attack would be towards the center of the Union line. Meade, who’s always unsure of himself, decided to stay because his generals were very sure of themselves and what would happen. His generals were spot on and correct, which was very lucky on his part. After Pickett’s Charge the Confederates was almost obliterated by the Union at this point the and Lee decided to retreat because of this. Meade then left the Confederates alone, which he got lots of criticism for because didn’t finish off the Confederates for good in their weakened

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