A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863

A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863

Jeffry D. Wert

From the time Robert E. Lee took command of the military of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862, until eventually the conflict of Gettysburg 13 months later, the accomplice military compiled a checklist of army success nearly unprecedented in our nation’s historical past. the way it happened—the relative contributions of Lee, his best command, opposing Union generals, and naturally the insurgent military itself—is the topic of Civil struggle historian Jeffry D. Wert’s interesting and riveting new background.

In the yr following Lee’s appointment, his military received 4 significant battles or campaigns and fought Union forces to a draw on the bloody conflict of Antietam. Washington itself used to be threatened, as a succession of Union commanders didn't cease Lee’s offensive. till Gettysburg, it seemed as though Lee may possibly strength the Union to barter a peace instead of danger surrendering the capital or maybe wasting the warfare. Lee’s victories fired southern ambition and emboldened accomplice infantrymen far and wide.

Wert exhibits how an identical audacity and aggression that fueled those victories proved disastrous at Gettysburg. yet, as Wert explains, Lee had little selection: outnumbered by means of an opponent with stronger assets, he needed to take the struggle to the enemy as a way to win. For a yr his stronger generalship prevailed opposed to his rivals, yet finally what Lee’s relied on lieutenant normal James Longstreet known as “headlong combativeness” triggered Lee to miscalculate. whilst an both combative Union general—Ulysses S. Grant—took command of northern forces in 1864, Lee used to be defeated. A excellent military draws at the most modern scholarship, together with letters and diaries, to supply an excellent research of Lee’s triumphs. It bargains clean tests of Lee; his best commanders Longstreet, Jackson, and Stuart; and a wise conflict procedure that also deals classes to army commanders this day. A excellent military is a dramatic account of significant battles from Seven Days to Gettysburg that's as gripping because it is convincing, a must-read for an individual drawn to the Civil War.

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