People often think of the evaluation of Zhongxing First Minister. As the commander of the Hunan Army, Zeng Guofan led them to calm down the Taiping Rebellion, but at the same time, his forces gradually began to threaten the Qing Dynasty. Many people are very Curious, Zeng Guofan has been an official for so many years, why hasn t he thought about it?
In fact, when reading books about Zeng Guofan, we often meet a person who knows how to get along with Zeng Guofan. He reads the sage books and worships the Confucian and Mencius methods, but in fact he didn t know how to get along with people. When Zeng Guofan was still in Changsha He almost offended all these people. So is this Zeng Guofan afraid to rebel?
In fact, Zeng Guofan was not stupid. He had already seen that the court had a dislike for him. In addition to letting Emperor Xianfeng serve as a useless official position to elevate Zeng Guofan s power, he attacked when Ci Xi took power. In order to take precautions and deal with Zeng Guofan, the Empress Dowager Cixi also began to target Zeng Guofan early.
The person who was arranged to contain Zeng Guofan was Zuo Zongtang, who was appointed by Ci Xi. He said that Zuo Zongtang and Zeng Guofan had long been resentful, and Zuo Zongtang s military talent was not under Zeng Guofan. He reused Zuo Zongtang to contain Zeng Guofan. The development of Cixi was very clever. In addition to arranging Zuo Zongtang to contain Zeng Guofan, Cixi also promoted Zeng Guofan s student Li Hongzhang.
Li Hongzhang s strength is not lost to Zeng Guofan. Li Hongzhang also owns an army of the Huai Army. His strength is probably the only team in the Qing Dynasty that can compete with Zeng Guofan s Xiang army. If Zeng Guofan really intends to betray the Qing Dynasty, Li Hongzhang is so Patriotic people will never choose to share the same fate with Zeng Guofan. At that time, the Xiang Army, which has been exhausted by the destruction of the Taiping Army, will still fight the Huai Army , so Zeng Guofan may not be able to win.
So Zeng Guofan faced an old fox like Ci Xi, and he would never rebel even if he wanted to rebel again. So in order to reassure the court, he also chose a lot of disarmament. It seems that he has already seen the situation in front of him!