No, seriously. How would you describe Ambrose Burnside’s generalship?
What words would you chose to describe him?
Where I’m going with this – what is at the heart of the “ratings” we often give to a general and his performance? Burnside just happens to be a handy
target example to select, given the upcoming Antietam anniversary. I could just as easily select this fellow and ask the same question:
How about Henry W. Slocum? What words come to mind when rating his military career?