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The War Between the States was both a terrible time for the nation and a very important time in US history The Civil War had a greater impact on the United States than any other event It was a time of courage great leadership and great men Some of the greatest men of this time were the leading generals of the Confederate States The two most distinguished Southern generals were Robert E Lee the commander of the Confederate army and Thomas Stonewall Jackson Lees right hand man Although they both were great Southern generals they had many differences These similarities and differences can be seen in their military strategy and style They can also be seen in the way that they viewed things and were viewed by others in the army and their attitudes towards slavery and the war itself The book Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara shows how General Lee and Jackson thought and were thought of differently An excerpt from the book states how General Lee feels about the Confederate Army He heard horses several riding hard up to the house and he knew from the sound it was too fast and too much show Stuart He smiled heard loud voices and took a last look out the window How strange he thought I feel more like a father here than anywhere else They are all my children Taylor Stuart sometimeseven Jackson Maybe this whole armyIs that not what a commander must do earn respect give them discipline andlove them The thought jarred him He felt suddenly guilty thought No its all right I do not love my own family any less Shaara In this excerpt Lee contemplates how he is like a father to the army especially the generals He thinks about what it takes to be a good general and how a generals qualities are similar to the qualities necessary to being a good father A good
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