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Richard M McMurrys Two Great Rebel Armies compared the differences between the Army of Northern Virginia with its successes and the Army of Tennessee with its failures He states that the Army of Northern Virginia had a better command structure from trained lieutenants on up to over all army command These soldiers flowered order but they also had the basic building blocks that made an extremely effective army The men of the Army of Northern Virginia were of higher quality than the Army of Tennessee This book mainly compares the physical and mental qualities of the soldiers of the Northern Virginia and Tennessee armies The author also states that being a West Point graduates military background and prior military experience were seen more in Lees army as compared to the Army of Tennessee Gentlemen of the South were more likely to join the military than their northern brothers so according to McMurry this made the army of Northern Virginia the more militarily effective force and thus helps explain its success relative to the Army of Tennessee He also suggests that because the units sent to Virginia were fro the most part organized earlier than those that were made part of the Army of Tennessee those men with the most experience training and enthusiasm would be more likely to end up with the first-formed units and therefore would be send to the Army of Northern Virginia So Lees army was successful while the Army of Tennessee was not McMurry also claims that the Army of Northern Virginia possessed a larger percentage of officers with prior military experience and education and that a regiment of the Army of Virginia was organized several months prior to the average regiment in the Army of Tennessee So he says that the Army of Nortern Virginia was made up of better materials that the Army of Tennessee which had the best qualified and most enthusiastic volunteers This would give the impression
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