Notes on War Councils and
LEE HAS ACQUIRED the reputation of aloofness, which is probably justified in regard to his avoidance of partisanship and intrigue. He was not aloof when it came to discussing strategy, however. On the contrary, he seems to have been willing to debate strategic questions freely and frequently, even after he assumed field command and did not need to consult his subordinates. Table 4 is meant to be a contribution toward identifying the strategy meetings in which Lee participated from the beginning of the war through August 31, 1862.
|DATE||PERSONS ATTENDING||TOPICS/ LOCATION|
|July 14, 1861||Davis, Cooper, Lee, Chesnut||Beauregard's plan|
|Apr. 14, 1862||Davis, Randolph, Lee, Johnston, Smith, Longstreet||Plans for the Peninsula|
|May 13||Davis, Lee, Johnston||Johnston's headquarters|
|June 3||Davis, division commanders||Chimneys|
|June 7||Davis, Lee||Lee's headquarters|
|June 16||Lee, Longstreet||Lee's headquarters|
|June 23||Lee, Longstreet, Jackson, D. Hill, A. Hill||Dabbs House: plans for Seven Days|
|July 4||Lee, Jackson||Decision to attack|
|ca. Aug. 11||Lee, Longstreet||Plans for Pope|
|Aug. 15||Lee, Longstreet, Jackson||Plans for Pope|
|Aug. 19||Lee, Longstreet||Clark's Mountain: plans for Pope|
|Aug. 24||Lee, Longstreet, Jackson, Stuart||Jeffersonton War Council|
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Publication information: Book title: Confederate Tide Rising:Robert E. Lee and the Making of Southern Strategy, 1861-1862. Contributors: Joseph L. Harsh - Author. Publisher: Kent State University Press. Place of publication: Kent, OH. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 191.
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