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For most of the war, the Confederate armies had no overall leader.

Their President, Jefferson Davis (an ex-regular soldier), tried to fulfil that role, but proved to be a poor chooser and user of generals.

Not till 1865 did he appoint a General-in-Chief - the obvious candidate, Robert E. Lee - but by then it was too late to salvage the war situation.

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There was nobody in the job of General-in-Chief until the last weeks of the war, when the obvious choice had to be Robert E. Lee. But it was too late to make any difference.

Before that, the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, had tried to operate in that role, but he was well out of his depth.

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That one is very easy it was General Robert E. Lee, he was in my opinion he is one of the best leader in American history. Well Jefferson Davis was the commander of the Armed Forces as Commander in Chief. The Army wasn't really centralized with a leader, and there were actually several armies operating, each with it's own commander, with loyalties to the Confederate States. Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia after Joseph E Johnston was killed at Shiloh in 1862. General Joe Johnson commanded another army to oppose Sherman in Georgia, and two more besides that, one trying to conquer Kentucky led by Braxton Bragg, and the other force way out west trying to take New Mexico Territory headed by General Sibley. Of course technically Robert E. Lee was eventually appointed by Davis as General in Chief but that was in early 1865, long overdue, and way too late to make a difference.

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The Main Confederate General during the American Civil War was Robert E. Lee. He was arguably one of the greatest stratigists of all time, and was defeated by Ulysses Simpson Grant.

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Joseph Johnston was in command until he was wounded in 1862 by an artillery shrapnel at the battle of Fair Oaks. From there Robert E. Lee took his command.

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The Confederates had no General-in-Chief until February 1865, when the post was created for the only possible candidate, Robert E. Lee - much too late to make any difference.

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Gen. Robert E. Lee

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