Gen. Joe Hooker, USA
simply stood there for a time and stared at Burnside with a look of
undisguised contempt. Finally, in a slightly calmer tone, he said, “They
have a name for this at West Point. You remember it, don’t you Ambrose?
It’s called ‘reinforcing failure,’ and it’s the greatest sin a commander
tense moment passed. “You have your orders, General Hooker.”
shook his head sadly, patronizingly, just to restate his scorn, and,
again without a salute, he stormed out of the room even angrier than
when he came in.
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