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Lees Lieutenants Volume 3

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An unuestioned masterpiece of the historian's art and a towering landmark in the literature of the American Civil WarIn Gettysburg to Appomattox Douglas Southall Freeman concludes his monumental three volume study of Lee's command of the Confederacy a dramatic history that brings to vivid life the men in that command and the part each played in this country's most tragic struggleVolume three continues. Douglas S Freeman's 1886 1953 Lee's Lieutenant's A Study in Command vol 3 first published in 1944 is the final volume of his great study of the Army of Northern Virginia It covers the Army from the Gettysburg Campaign June July 1863 through the surrender at Appomattox in April 1865This book is lengthy over 700 pages plus appendices and I initially planned to read only the opening material on Gettysburg about the first 200 pages in which I have a special interest I became fascinated with Freeman's writing and with his approach to the subject and had to finish the volumeThis book complements Freeman's earlier biography of Robert E Lee but its focus is on Lee's subordinates Thus the long section on Gettysburg which opens the book considers in detail the actions and motivations of Jeb Stuart Richard Ewell and James Longstreet three of Lee's chief Lieutenants AP Hill at Gettysburg gets less attention I had read materials critical of Freeman's account of Gettysburg before turning to his own writing Even accepting much of the criticism I was moved by Freeman's account of the Battle and I think I learned a great deal Freeman is indeed critical of Longstreet but in this late work is much measured and balanced than I had anticipatedThe book continues with excellent treatments of the War in the Eastern theater following Gettysburg Freeman offers elouent and judicious comments on the importance of this Battle to the Confederate cause He treats well the Mine Run campaign in the winter of 1863 and the campaign from the Wilderness to Appomattox under General Grant which doomed the Confederacy Freeman also examines the detachment of James Longstreet's Corps from the Army of Northern Virginia following Gettysburg and he is critical of Longstreet's leadership while serving in TennesseeOne of the most important sections of this book is the introduction In it Freeman gives a statement of his conclusions about the War and about the lessons he believes should be drawn from his study There is also an excellent biographical prelude covering briefly each of the chief actors in Freeman's story I found it useful to read the introduction first and return to it upon completing the book to focus on points Freeman was trying to makeIn addition to the treatment of Gettysburg I found Freeman's treatment of the death of Jeb Stuart and his story of the final retreat to Appomattox particularly moving and well doneThroughout the book Freeman emphasizes the toll combat took on the officer Corps of the Army Stonewall Jackson's death at Chancellorsville was only the most severe blow to the leadership pool available to the Army At Gettysburg and throughout the Wilderness Campaign beginning in 1864 the Confederacy lost heavily in gifted and able leaders that it could not adeuately replace The loss of command material Freeman maintains was a critical factor in the Confederate defeatThe book is told almost entirely from the Confederate side of the line with little detailed consideration of the actions of the Union Army Freeman obviously had a deep devotion to the South and to its cause in the Civil War His book is still much a work of history than of apologetics His judgments of commanders and battles are fair and well stated Freeman's study remains an indispensable source for understanding our country's greatest conflictRobin Friedman

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The stirring account of Lee's army from the costly battle at Gettysburg through the deepening twilight of the South's declining military might to the tragic inward collapse of Lee's command and his formal surrender in 1865 To his unparalleled descriptions of Lee's subordinates and the operations in which they participated Dr Freeman adds an insightful analysis of the lessons that were to be learned f. Winter reading project completed Lee's Lieutenants Volumes 1 3 This last volume was the toughest Multiplied by seven (By and By, of Lee's army from the costly battle at Gettysburg through the deepening twilight Chocolate For A Womans Heart of the South's declining military might to the tragic inward collapse Shadrin of Lee's command and his formal surrender in 1865 To his unparalleled descriptions 青春攻略本 第1巻 [Seishun Kouryakuhon, Vol. 01] (Manual to Teenage Life, of Lee's subordinates and the Lilac Hill operations in which they participated Dr Freeman adds an insightful analysis My Prince of the lessons that were to be learned f. Winter reading project completed Lee's Lieutenants Volumes 1 3 This last volume was the toughest

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Rom the story of the Army of Northern Virginia and their bearing upon the future military development of the nationAs in the first two volumes portrait photographs military maps several appendixes and a bibliography add to the clarity and richness of the book The complete three volume study Lee's Lieutenants is a classic touchstone in the literature of American biography and in all the literature of w. See Lee's Lieutenants Vol I

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