Without a doubt Robert E. Lee was the most remarkable military leader of the War for Southern Independence and we never tire of reviewing books about him at this site. So many in fact have been reviewed that we are running low on fresh pictures of the man and so have decided to illustrate this entry with pictures of the common soldiers who served under him. All of these portraits share are common feature – they come from the Library of Congress collection and are all identified as unknown Confederate soldiers. In a war where so many were lost, and many of those lie in unmarked graves, their mute testimony stands to ordinary men who loved freedom more than life itself.
A glorious army : Robert E. Lee’s triumph, 1862-1863 New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011 Jeffry D. Wert Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 Military leadership Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xiii, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-366) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
From the time Robert E. Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862, until the Battle of Gettysburg thirteen months later, the Confederate army compiled a record of military achievement almost unparalleled in our nation’s history. How it happened — the relative contributions of Lee, his top command, opposing Union generals, and of course the Army of Northern Virginia itself — is the subject of Civil War historian Jeffry D. Wert’s history.
Wert shows how the audacity and aggression that fueled Lee’s victories ultimately proved disastrous at Gettysburg. But, as Wert explains, Lee had little choice: outnumbered by an opponent with superior resources, he had to take the fight to the enemy in order to win. When an equally combative Union general — Ulysses S. Grant — took command of northern forces in 1864, Lee was defeated. A Glorious Army draws on the latest scholarship to provide fresh assessments of Lee; his top commanders Longstreet, Jackson, and Stuart; and a shrewd battle strategy that still offers lessons to military commanders today.