The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee

The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee

Author: R. David Cox

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467446884

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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The first close examination of how Robert E. Lee's faith shaped his life Robert E. Lee was many things—accomplished soldier, military engineer, college president, family man, agent of reconciliation, polarizing figure. He was also a person of deep Christian conviction. In this biography of the famous Civil War general, R. David Cox shows how Lee's Christian faith shaped his crucial role in some of the most pivotal events in American history. Delving into family letters and other primary sources—some of them newly discovered—Cox traces the lifelong development of Lee's convictions and how they influenced his decisions to stand with Virginia over against the Union and later to support reconciliation and reconstruction in the years after the Civil War. Faith was central to Lee's character, Cox argues—so central that it directed and redirected his life, especially in the aftermath of defeat.

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

Author: Allen C. Guelzo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101946213

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 625

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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.

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

Author: James I. Robertson, Jr.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538113493

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 206

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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.

The Christian Testimony of General Robert E. Lee

The Christian Testimony of General Robert E. Lee

Author: Edward DeVries

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781365317095

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 82

View: 950

Military achievement was only a small portion of the life-story of General Robert E. Lee. General Lee also served as the president of a Christian College, a Bible Society President, and he was instrumental in the founding and/or construction of over 60 churches. His character and strong Christian faith documented in this 17-chapter book. 161 sources are listed in the endnotes.

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

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"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.

Hymns of the Republic

Hymns of the Republic

Author: S. C. Gwynne

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 9781501116230

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 559

From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes “a masterwork of history” (Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas), the spellbinding, epic account of the last year of the Civil War. The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of the most compelling narratives and one of history’s great turning points. Now, Pulitzer Prize finalist S.C. Gwynne breathes new life into the epic battle between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea; the rise of Clara Barton; the election of 1864 (which Lincoln nearly lost); the wild and violent guerrilla war in Missouri; and the dramatic final events of the war, including Lee’s surrender at Appomattox and the murder of Abraham Lincoln. “A must-read for Civil War enthusiasts” (Publishers Weekly), Hymns of the Republic offers many surprising angles and insights. Robert E. Lee, known as a great general and Southern hero, is presented here as a man dealing with frustration, failure, and loss. Ulysses S. Grant is known for his prowess as a field commander, but in the final year of the war he largely fails at that. His most amazing accomplishments actually began the moment he stopped fighting. William Tecumseh Sherman, Gwynne argues, was a lousy general, but probably the single most brilliant man in the war. We also meet a different Clara Barton, one of the greatest and most compelling characters, who redefined the idea of medical care in wartime. And proper attention is paid to the role played by large numbers of black union soldiers—most of them former slaves. Popular history at its best, Hymns of the Republic reveals the creation that arose from destruction in this “engrossing…riveting” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) read.

Light-Horse Harry Lee

Light-Horse Harry Lee

Author: Ryan Cole

Publisher: Regnery History

ISBN: 9781621576976

Category: History

Page: 450

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"It would be hard to write a dull book on Light-Horse Harry, and Mr. Cole's is far from it.... [The book] contains passages of considerable eloquence."— WALL STREET JOURNAL book review "Light-Horse Harry blazes across the pages of Ryan Cole's narrative like a meteor—and his final crash is as destructive. Cole tells his story with care, sympathy, and where necessary, sternness. This book is a great, and sometimes harrowing read." —Richard Brookhiser, senior editor at National Review and author of Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington Who was "Light-Horse Harry" Lee? Gallant Revolutionary War hero. Quintessential Virginia cavalryman. George Washington’s trusted subordinate and immortal eulogist. Robert E. Lee’s beloved father. Founding father who shepherded the Constitution through the Virginia Ratifying Convention. But Light-Horse Harry Lee was also a con man. A beachcomber. Imprisoned for debt. Caught up in sordid squabbles over squalid land deals. Maimed for life by an angry political mob. Light-Horse Harry Lee’s life was tragic, glorious, and dramatic, but perhaps because of its sad, ignominious conclusion historians have rarely given him his due—until now. Now historian Ryan Cole presents this soldier and statesman of the founding generation with all the vim and vigor that typified Lee himself. Scouring hundreds of contemporary documents and reading his way into Lee’s life, political philosophy, and character, Cole gives us the most intimate picture to date of this greatly awed but hugely talented man whose influence has reverberated from the founding of the United States to the present day.

Personal Reminiscences of General Robert E. Lee

Personal Reminiscences of General Robert E. Lee

Author: J. William Jones

Publisher:

ISBN: 0807119598

Category: History

Page: 509

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Originally published in 1875, J. William Jones's Personal Reminiscences of General Robert E. Lee is universally regarded as one of the most valuable and interesting works on the South's great commander. J. William Jones knew Lee well, from the time the general took command of the Army of Northern Virginia to the final years of Lee's life, when he served as president of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University). When Lee died, Jones was "one of that band of loving hearts whose sad privilege it was to bear him to the tomb". Jones's very personal memoir provides intimate glimpses into Lee's character, career, and domestic life. The author also provides touching examples of Lee's religious faith, which he maintains was deeply felt and consistently lived. He writes that unwavering allegiance to duty was the guiding principle of Lee's life.