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Longstreet was brave, honest, intelligent, a very capable soldier, subordinate to his superiors, just and kind to his subordinates and it may be that Longstreet was sent to Knoxville because Mr. Davis had an exalted opinion of his own military genius. On several occasions during the war he came to the relief of the Union army by means of his superior military genius… U. S. Grant

Confederate struggle for command : General James Longstreet and the First Corps in the West College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c 2008      Alexander Mendoza Generals Confederate States of America Biography, Longstreet, James, 1821-1904 Military leadership Hardcover. xxi, 278 p. : ill., maps : 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG

Was Lt. Gen. James Longstreet a lackluster, indecisive leader or a victim of political circumstances? Though traditionally saddled with much of the blame for the Confederate loss at Gettysburg, Longstreet was actually a capable, resourceful, and brave commander, argues historian Alexander Mendoza.

Confederate Struggle for Command offers a comprehensive analysis of Longstreet’s leadership during his seven-month assignment in the Tennessee theater of operations. Mendoza concludes that the obstacles to effective command faced by Longstreet had at least as much to do with longstanding grievances and politically motivated prejudices as they did with any personal or military shortcomings of Longstreet’s.

Longstreet’s First Corps parted company with Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia in September 1863. Subsequently, the First Corps contributed decisively to the Confederate victory at Chickamauga. But when Longstreet then joined a group of disaffected generals in denouncing Braxton Bragg, the commanding general of the Army of Tennessee, the resulting imbroglio hampered the effectiveness of the entire First Corps.

Confederate Struggle for Command adds an important layer of nuanced understanding to the career and legacy of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, and will be an enjoyable and informative source for Civil War historians and interested readers.

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