I find it interesting that Lincoln offered field command of the U. S. Army to Robert E. Lee in spring of 1861. He was a Whig party member and part of the Union... *UNTIL* his beloved Virginia seceded. He resigned from the Army immediately and when Confederate President Jefferson Davis offered command, Lee accepted. Can't help but wonder, even though I suspect the final outcome would have been the same, what decisions would have been made that were different than those Meade, etc. made?