Robert E. Lee and the Southern Confederacy, 1807-1870


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In 1897, Henry Alexander White of Washington & Lee University penned this masterpiece on Robert E. Lee before the era of political correctness. The book is a detailed biography of Robert E. Lee and the Lee family that describes his life and many exploits. It has been compiled from a huge number of original sources—from the Library of Congress, the writings of John Smith, founder of Virginia, Justin Winsor of Harvard, private historical societies, Johns Hopkins University, documents from the founding fathers on the Lee family, the Virginia Historical Society, the Southern Historical Society and many more. Chapters contain information on the earliest history of the Lee family in colonial Virginia, his youth, education, marriage, his time at West Point, service in the Mexican War, his service on the frontier, the secession and slavery debate, the John Brown crisis, his withdrawal from the U.S. Army, his appointment as leader of the Confederate Army, the campaign in western Virginia, his supervision of coastal defenses, the Peninsular campaign, the Seven Days’ battle, the Second Battle of Manassas, the capture of Harper’s Ferry, the Sharpsburg campaign, the battles at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Petersburg and Appomattox. The book then details Lee’s postwar career, focusing on his time as president of Washington College. This fully indexed book also contains 41 illustrations, photos and maps. A must read for all interested in this great hero. Softcover, 467 pages, #883.