Four Years with General Lee

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Indiana University Press, 1962 - Biography & Autobiography - 218 pages
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Walter Taylor was from "first to last the closest" of all staff officers to General Robert E. Lee, and his intimate relationship with his commander gives Taylor's writings signal importance in any study of Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. More than anyone in the Confederate Armies, Taylor knew the effective strength of Lee's forces in all engagements. He wrote dispatches for Lee and often carried messages in person to corps and division commanders. He greeted all persons who came to see Lee, and usually decided whether they would be announced to the General. When the Confederate army was disbanded, all staff officers bade farewell to Lee except Taylor, who rode back with him to Richmond, and Taylor devoted a considerable portion of his postwar years to settling controversies relative to the Army of Northern Virginia. Rarely are his conclusions disputed, because he possessed a memory known to be coherent and accurate.
  

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I was a bit disappointed in this book. I thought it would go into a little more depth about the man who led the Army of Northern Virginia. It dealt with a lot of numbers about troop size & strength ... Read full review

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I was a bit disappointed in this book. I thought it would go into a little more depth about the man who led the Army of Northern Virginia. It dealt with a lot of numbers about troop size & strength ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
11
Strength and Positions of the Opposing Armies in Northwest Virginia General
20
CHAPTER IV
32
CHAPTER VI
57
Con
79
CHAPTER VIII
87
CHAPTER IX
115
CHAPTER X
124
CHAPTER XI
138
Evacuation of Petersburg General Lees Retreat up James River Appo
149
CHAPTER XIII
155
CHAPTER XIV
162
Address on the Character of General Robert E Lee
190
NOTES
200
INDEX
212

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JAMES I. ROBERTSON, JR., is Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech. His books include General A. P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior, Soldiers Blue and Gray, and The Civil War Virginia: Battleground for a Nation.

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