"[W]e made a great mistake in the beginning of our struggle, and I fear, in spite of all we can do, it will prove to be a fatal mistake. We appointed all our worst generals to command our armies, and all our best generals to edit the newspapers."
by:
Robert E. Lee
(1807-1870) General-in-Chief of the Confederate States army
Date:
1865
Source:
Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Letters of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1875
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Can anyone confirm that R.E. Lee actually said this and if so when and to whom. Can you give a source. If so please write me at bchisolm@sc.rr.com
 -- Bill Chisolm, Cayce, SC     
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    The media has always been a problem.
     -- J     
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    Check out www.snopes.com
     -- Steve, Kennesaw GA USA     
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    when was this said?
     -- General Lee, Stratford Hall     
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    i think it wasnt the best but it was good
     -- Robert E. Lee, Alexandria     
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