General Lee: A Biography of Robert E. Lee

General Lee: A Biography of Robert E. Lee

Author: Fitzhugh Lee

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781387186426

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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Written as a memoir by Lee's nephew and fellow soldier, General Lee paints a vivid and admiring portrait of a brilliant general and a devoted family man who, though he disliked slavery and was not in favor of secession, turned down command of the Union army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his own children, his neighbors, and his beloved Virginia.

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

Author: Allen C. Guelzo

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9781101946220

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 625

View: 148

A WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • From the award-winning historian and best-selling author of Gettysburg comes the definitive biography of Robert E. Lee. An intimate look at the Confederate general in all his complexity—his hypocrisy and courage, his inner turmoil and outward calm, his disloyalty and his honor. "An important contribution to reconciling the myths with the facts." —New York Times Book Review Robert E. Lee is one of the most confounding figures in American history. Lee betrayed his nation in order to defend his home state and uphold the slave system he claimed to oppose. He was a traitor to the country he swore to serve as an Army officer, and yet he was admired even by his enemies for his composure and leadership. He considered slavery immoral, but benefited from inherited slaves and fought to defend the institution. And behind his genteel demeanor and perfectionism lurked the insecurities of a man haunted by the legacy of a father who stained the family name by declaring bankruptcy and who disappeared when Robert was just six years old. In Robert E. Lee, the award-winning historian Allen Guelzo has written the definitive biography of the general, following him from his refined upbringing in Virginia high society, to his long career in the U.S. Army, his agonized decision to side with Virginia when it seceded from the Union, and his leadership during the Civil War. Above all, Guelzo captures Robert E. Lee in all his complexity--his hypocrisy and courage, his outward calm and inner turmoil, his honor and his disloyalty.

General Lee: A Biography of Robert E. Lee

General Lee: A Biography of Robert E. Lee

Author: Fitzhugh Lee

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781387186365

Category: History

Page: 276

View: 370

Written as a memoir by Lee's nephew and fellow soldier, General Lee paints a vivid and admiring portrait of a brilliant general and a devoted family man who, though he disliked slavery and was not in favor of secession, turned down command of the Union army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his own children, his neighbors, and his beloved Virginia.

A Life of General Robert E. Lee

A Life of General Robert E. Lee

Author: John Esten Cooke

Publisher:

ISBN: 1915645026

Category:

Page: 0

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A new edition of the classic biographical study of the commander in chief of the military forces of the Confederate States Army, Robert Edward Lee. Meticulously researched and prepared with access to official documents and the subject's personal notes, the author-himself a senior ranking officer in the Confederate Army-provides a full account of the life of General Lee from the time of his birth through to his death in 1870. Lee's background in the service of the United States Army, his participation in the Mexican War and other events are detailed before the main body of the book focuses on the American Civil War era. After turning down an offer to head up the Union Army, Lee resigned his commission and offered his services to his home state of Virginia-and the Confederate States of America. From there, his meteoric rise to commander in chief and personal leader of the Army of Northern Virginia-the Confederacy's most powerful army-is told in gripping detail. Each event unfolds in the narrative as its subject would have experienced it himself, providing a continually fresh perception of the terrible events of 1861 to 1865. At first serving as a senior military adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Lee was appointed commander of the Army of Northern Virginia in June 1862 after his predecessor was wounded. Lee's first great victory-warding off an attack on the Confederate capital of Richmond, cemented his tenure, and thereafter followed four years of ebb and flow of great and bloody events, including the second Battle of Bull Run, the invasion of Maryland, the Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and the Siege of Petersburg. Finally, overcome by superior numbers, nearly out of supplies, and his great army reduced to just 26,000 men, Lee was finally forced to surrender in April 1865, effectively ending the war. The value of this work lies not in the description of the battles themselves, but rather in the personal perception provided by seeing them through Lee's eyes. In this vein, the final section of the book provides an overview of the last five years of the General's life, including a highly elucidating interview on the topics of the day. Completely reset, contains all 25 original illustrations (digitally restored to better than original) and a short biography of the author.

Who Was Robert E. Lee?

Who Was Robert E. Lee?

Author: Bonnie Bader

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780448479095

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 114

View: 239

Robert E. Lee seemed destined for greatness. His father was a Revolutionary War hero and at West Point he graduated second in his class! In 1861, when the Southern states seceded from the Union, Lee was offered the opportunity to command the Union forces. However, even though he was against the war, his loyalty to his home state of Virginia wouldn’t let him fight for the North. Despite the South’s ultimate defeat, General Robert E. Lee remains one of the United States’ true military heroes.

Robert E. Lee: A Biography

Robert E. Lee: A Biography

Author: Emory M. Thomas

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393347326

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 309

"The best and most balanced of the Lee biographies."—New York Review of Books The life of Robert E. Lee is a story not of defeat but of triumph—triumph in clearing his family name, triumph in marrying properly, triumph over the mighty Mississippi in his work as an engineer, and triumph over all other military men to become the towering figure who commanded the Confederate army in the American Civil War. But late in life Lee confessed that he "was always wanting something." In this probing and personal biography, Emory Thomas reveals more than the man himself did. Robert E. Lee has been, and continues to be, a symbol and hero in the American story. But in life, Thomas writes, Lee was both more and less than his legend. Here is the man behind the legend.

Robert E. Lee: A Biography

Robert E. Lee: A Biography

Author: Brian C. Melton

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313384370

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 162

View: 135

This biography provides a concise, accurate, and lively account of one of the best known yet least understood figures of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee, depicting him as a human being instead of a legend, making him accessible as a person. • Provides a timeline in the beginning of the book that summarizes Lee's life • Includes period photographs that help bring Lee's story to life • Contains a detailed bibliography of the latest sources on the famed general, including online offerings

How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War

How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War

Author: Edward H. Bonekemper

Publisher: Sergeant Kirklands Museum &

ISBN: 1887901159

Category: History

Page: 248

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This book challenges the general view that Robert E. Lee was a military genius who staved off inevitable Confederate defeat against insurmountable odds. Instead, the author contends that Lee was responsible for the South's loss in a war it could have won.Instead, as this book demonstrates, Lee unnecessarily went for the win, squandered his irreplaceable troops, and weakened his army so badly that military defeat became inevitable. It describes how Lee's army took 80,000 casualties in Lees first fourteen months of command-while imposing 73,000 casualties on his opponents. With the Confederacy outnumbered four to one, Lee's aggressive strategy and tactics proved to be suicidal. Also described arc Lee's failure to take charge of the battlefield (such as on the second day of Gettysburg), his overly complex and ineffective battle plans (such as those at Antietam and during the Seven Days' campaign), and his vague and ambiguous orders (such as those that deprived him of Jeb Stuart's services for most of Gettysburg).Bonekemper looks beyond Lee's battles in the East and describes how Lee's Virginia-first myopia played a major role in crucial Confederate failures in the West. He itemizes Lee's refusals to provide reinforcements for Vicksburg or Tennessee in mid-1863, his causing James Longstreet to arrive at Chickamauga with only a third of his troops, his idea to move Longstreet away from Chattanooga just before Grant's troops broke through the undeemanned Confederates there, and his failure to reinforce Atlanta in the critical months before the 1864 presidential election.Bonekemper argues that Lee's ultimate failure was his prolonging of the hopeless and bloody slaughter even afterUnion victory had been ensured by a series of events: the fall of Atlanta, the re-election of Lincoln, and the fall of Petersburg and Richmond.Finally, the author explores historians' treatment of Lee, including the deification of him by failed Confederate generals attempting to resurrect their own reputations. Readers will not fred themselves feeling neutral about this stinging critique of the hero of The Lost Cause.

The Life and Memoirs of the Late Major General Lee

The Life and Memoirs of the Late Major General Lee

Author: Charles Lee

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 9781429017251

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 354

View: 142

In the heady days of the rush to arms in 1861, comparatively few Southern men volunteered for service in the artillery: most preferred the easily accessible glory of the infantry or cavalry. Yet those that did quickly earned the respect of their fellow soldiers, and a reputation for being able to pull through deeper mud, ford deeper springs, shoot faster, swear louder ... than any other class of men in the service. Given that field artillery was invariably deployed in front of the troops that it was supporting, the artillerymen were exposed to a high level of enemy fire, and losses were significant. This title guides the reader through the life and experiences of the Confederate cannoneer - where he came from; how he trained and lived; how he dressed, ate and was equipped; and how he fought.

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

Author: James I. Robertson, Jr.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538113493

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 206

View: 693

Robert E. Lee is regarded as a brilliant military commander and also for his inspiring achievements on behalf of the new nation in the five years after the Civil War. Robert E. Lee: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works is an historical reference of Lee and his achievements.

Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

Author: Robert E. Lee

Publisher: Nova Snova

ISBN: 1536154660

Category: Generals

Page: 256

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General Robert E. Lee is best known as the commander of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Lee was also a prolific writer, seemingly writing almost every day of his life. Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee contains letters that General Lee wrote to family and friends with comments and background by his son, Robert. Through his letters and his sons commentary, the varying facets of Lees character are revealed.