For years, Lee got much more respect from the ordinary American than Grant both as a military leader and as a personality. But historians have long been teaching that Grant was not only the better general but also the better man.
Horace Porter offers an intimate portrait of Grant from an aide who served on the general’s staff during the second half of the Civil War. The book is the source of many common anecdotes about and quotes from Grant.
Nearly everything you learned in school about the Civil War is wrong. Even up North, the story had a Southern bias. It turns out that Grant was a better general than Lee.
Lee had the chance to become the new Washington for his country. Instead, he choose to fight on the other side. For history, that decision overrides any of Lee’s other accomplishments.