Includes Civil War Map and Illustrations Pack - 224 battle plans, campaign maps and detailed analyses of actions spanning the entire period of hostilities. "...it offers a sure, quick, eyewitness assessment of all Lee’s campaigns." --Southern Partisan Colonel Taylor was the Adjutant-General of the Army of Northern Virginia, and Lee’s right-hand man at Headquarters. Most of the orders and dispatches went out in Taylor’s handwriting, and he was uniquely positioned to observe Lee’s thinking and generalship close-up. In addition, Taylor was responsible for the "returns" (manpower statistics), and so is able to correlate the accounts of campaigns and battles with the actual strength of Confederate forces. The conclusion is inescapable: few military commanders have done more, with less, than Lee, and fewer still can have emerged with his reputation as a human being. The book concludes with the Address on the Character of General R.E. Lee, by Captain John Hampden Chamberlayne, delivered in 1876, which is a fine analysis on the career and character of the great General.
Includes Civil War Map and Illustrations Pack – 224 battle plans, campaign maps and detailed analyses of actions spanning the entire period of hostilities. “Marse Robert” is one of the endearing nicknames by which General Robert E. Lee was called by his men. This book is the account of Robert Stiles’ experience as a soldier during the Civil War. He traces his own story, giving personal significance to the battles fought and the time he spent under General Lee’s command. Robert Stiles tells firsthand what a Confederate soldier experienced as he marched on and fought through great struggles and deprivation. He takes readers on the difficult journey through the Civil War battle by battle, while providing the personal analysis of an actual participant.
Includes more than 30 illustrations of the author’s unit and the actions it engaged in. “The classic tale of battle, roguery, and capture from the Army of Northern Virginia. From his looting of farmhouses during the Gettysburg campaign and robbing of fallen Union soldiers as opportunity allowed to his five arrests for infractions of military discipline and numerous unapproved leaves, John O. Casler's actions during the Civil War made him as much a rogue as a Rebel. Though he was no model soldier, his forthright confessions of his service years in the Army of Northern Virginia stand among the most sought after and cited accounts by a Confederate soldier. First published in 1893 and significantly revised and expanded in 1906, Casler's Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade recounts the truths of camp life, marches, and combat. Moreover, Casler's recollections provide an unapologetic view of the effects of the harsh life in Stonewall's ranks on an average foot soldier and his fellows. A native of Gainesboro, Virginia, with an inherent wanderlust and thirst for adventure, Casler enlisted in June 1861 in what became Company A, 33rd Virginia Infantry, and participated in major campaigns throughout the conflict, including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Captured in February 1865, he spent the final months of the war as a prisoner at Fort McHenry, Maryland. His postwar narrative recalls the realities of warfare for the private soldier, the moral ambiguities of thievery and survival at the front, and the deliberate cruelties of capture and imprisonment with the vivid detail, straightforward candor, and irreverent flair for storytelling that have earned "Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade" its place in the first rank of primary literature of the Confederacy.”-Print ed.
Few generals of the Confederate States Army had such a glittering career as John Brown Gordon, although without any formal military training he rose from captain of a company of Georgia mountineers to the rank of Major-General. He was described by the Robert E. Lee as one of his finest commanders and that his actions were “characterized by splendid audacity”. He was distinguished in many the early battles of the Army of North Viginia; First Bull Run, Malvern Hill; holding the vital “Bloody Lane” at Antietam he was shot five times as he encouraged his men. After a period of recuperation he plunged back into the fray and won further laurels at battles at Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House and the final surrender at Appomattox. His memoirs are justly famous and are an acclaimed classic. “For many years I have been urged to place on record my reminiscences of the war between the States. In undertaking the task now, it is not my purpose to attempt a comprehensive description of that great struggle, nor an elaborate analysis of the momentous interests and issues involved. The time may not have arrived for a full and fair history of that most interesting period in the Republic’s life. The man capable of writing it with entire justice to both sides is perhaps yet unborn. ... I have also recorded in this volume a large number of those characteristic and thrilling incidents which illustrate a unique and hitherto unwritten phase of the war, the story of which should not be lost, because it is luminous with the noblest lessons. Many of these incidents came under my own observation”--Introduction.
Madison & Adams Press presents the Civil War Memories Series. This meticulous selection of the firsthand accounts, memoirs and diaries is specially comprised for Civil War enthusiasts and all people curious about the personal accounts and true life stories of the unknown soldiers, the well known commanders, politicians, nurses and civilians amidst the war. "Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan" is one of the better Civil War autobiographies. The book features Sheridan's recollections from the Civil War. In a direct, clear, and informative manner Sheridan brought a lot of information from a standing point of one of the Union's highest ranking officers.
Includes Civil War Map and Illustrations Pack - 224 battle plans, campaign maps and detailed analyses of actions spanning the entire period of hostilities. “For a comprehensive, readable, insightful account of the Civil War from one of its most important and controversial generals, few contemporary memoirs match the power and detail of Longstreet’s From Manassas to Appomattox. “The reputation of Confederate General James Longstreet-second-in-command to and intimate friend of Robert E. Lee-has undergone dramatic swings over the course of history. Revered by his men and respected by his fellow officers during the American Civil War, Longstreet became one of the Confederacy’s most visible scapegoats shortly after the war’s end. From Manassas to Appomattox is Longstreet’s memoir of the war. He recounts his participation in some of its most important battles-Manassas, Antietam, Chickamauga, and, most significantly from the standpoint of his reputation, Gettysburg. While some have argued that Longstreet did not comply efficiently with Robert E. Lee’s orders at Gettysburg, historians have concluded that the primary responsibility for the Confederate defeat on the Pennsylvania battlefield lies with Lee. “Longstreet’s memoir covers the full range of his life and wartime experiences, from his early years as a boy in the antebellum south to his appointment as a cadet at West Point to his command of troops in the Mexican War. He devotes a full chapter to an assessment of his friend and commander Robert E. Lee and nearly four chapters to the Battle of Gettysburg. He details disagreements with his fellow officers and offers appraisals of his Union counterparts. He frankly recounts how he considered offering his “relief from service” on more than one occasion. And, of course, Longstreet offers his perspective on the Confederate surrender to Union forces at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in April 1865."-Print Edition
Madison & Adams Press presents the Civil War Memories Series. This meticulous selection of the firsthand accounts, memoirs and diaries is specially comprised for Civil War enthusiasts and all people curious about the personal accounts and true life stories of the unknown soldiers, the well known commanders, politicians, nurses and civilians amidst the war. "From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America" is the memoir of General James Longstreet, one of the leading Confederate generals during the American Civil War. Longstreet in his memoirs refuted most of the criticism of his war record during the Civil War.
Includes 19 Portraits and 6 maps. “Charles Marshall was appointed aide-de-camp to Robert E. Lee on 21 March 1862, and from then until the surrender, he stood at the general’s side. A military secretary, he compiled a remarkable, intimate account of the day-to-day wartime experience of the Confederacy’s most celebrated--and enigmatic--military figure. Marshall’s papers are of three sorts: those intended for a projected life of Lee, those intended for an account of the campaign at Gettysburg, and notes on events of the war. Collected here, these papers provide a unique firsthand look at Lee’s generalship-from the most complete account ever given of the fateful orders issued to Jeb Stuart at Gettysburg, to the only testimony from a Southern witness of the scene in McLean’s house at Appomattox. Marshall’s commentary addresses some of the war’s more intriguing questions: Whose idea was it to fight the second Manassas? What caused Jackson’s delays in the Battles of the Seven Days? Who devised the flank march around Hooker at Chancellorsville? This book’s insights into Robert E. Lee and his military strategy and its close-up report on the Confederacy’s war qualify it as an indispensable part of America’s historical record.”-Print Ed.
A New York Times bestselling author’s revealing account of General Robert E. Lee’s life after Appomattox: “An American classic" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). After his surrender at Appomattox in 1865, Robert E. Lee, commanding general for the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, lived only five more years. It was the great forgotten chapter of his remarkable life, during which Lee did more to bridge the divide between the North and the South than any other American. The South may have lost, but Lee taught them how to triumph in peace, and showed the entire country how to heal the wounds of war. Based on previously unseen documents, letters, family papers and exhaustive research into Lee’s complex private life and public crusades, this is a portrait of a true icon of Reconstruction and quiet rebellion. From Lee’s urging of Rebel soldiers to restore their citizenship, to his taking communion with a freedman, to his bold dance with a Yankee belle at a Southern ball, to his outspoken regret of his soldierly past, to withstanding charges of treason, Lee embodied his adage: “True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another.” Lee: The Last Years sheds a vital new light on war, politics, hero-worship, human rights, and Robert E. Lee’s “desire to do right.”
Includes more than 30 maps, diagrams and portraits of Pelham, his artillery and his commanders. “Even before the end of the Civil War Colonel John Pelham had become a legendary figure of the Confederacy. General Lee called him “the gallant Pelham,” and on seeing the young artillerist employ but a single gun to hold up the advance of three Union divisions and over a hundred guns at Fredericksberg, he exclaimed: “It is glorious to see such courage in one so young.” “Stonewall” Jackson, who relied implicitly on Pelham in tight situations said: “It is really extraordinary to find such nerve and genius in a mere boy. With a Pelham on each flank I believe I could whip the world.” “Jeb” Stuart, the dashing cavalry chief, claimed that “John Pelham exhibited a skill and courage which I have never seen surpassed. I loved him as a brother.” Major John Esten Cooke, a fellow-officer and tent-mate, wrote: “He is the bravest human being I ever saw in my life.” And one of Pelham's veteran gunners asserted: “We knew him-we trusted him-we would have followed him anywhere, and did.” Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities in the spring of 1861, Cadet Pelham slipped away from West Point to join the Confederacy. Following the fierce Battle of First Manassas, in which he fought side-by-side with “Stonewall” Jackson, Pelham was assigned to “Jeb” Stuart's command with orders to organize the Stuart Horse Artillery. This mounted unit-dashing from action to action on the battlefield-provided General Lee's army with invaluable mobile firepower which saved many desperate situations. In over sixty battles Pelham's blazing guns saw furious action against Union infantry, cavalry, artillery, gunboats and even locomotives. Although he fought against tremendous odds, Pelham never lost an artillery duel or a single gun! This action-packed book fully describes the incredible feats of the adventurous, romantic artillery genius of the Confederacy.”-Print Ed.