Question: Was this man incompetent?

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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:

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How about Henry W. Slocum?  What words come to mind when rating his military career?

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