Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 29, 2001 - History - 912 pages
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Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command is the most colorful and popular of Douglas Southall Freeman's works. A sweeping narrative that presents a multiple biography against the flame-shot background of the American Civil War, it is the story of the great figures of the Army of Northern Virginia who fought under Robert E. Lee.
The Confederacy won resounding victories throughout the war, but seldom easily or without tremendous casualties. Death was always on the heels of fame, but the men who commanded -- among them Jackson, Longstreet, and Ewell -- developed as leaders and men. Lee's Lieutenants follows these men to the costly battle at Gettysburg, through the deepening twilight of the South's declining military might, and finally to the collapse of Lee's command and his formal surrender in 1865. To his unparalleled descriptions of men and operations, Dr. Freeman adds an insightful analysis of the lessons learned and their bearing upon the future military development of the nation. Accessible at last in a one-volume edition abridged by noted Civil War historian Stephen W. Sears, Lee's Lieutenants is essential reading for all Civil War buffs, students of war, and admirers of the historian's art as practiced at its very highest level.
 

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Contents

Maps
11
Douglas Southall Freeman
17
Stephen W Sears
25
Dramatis Personĉ
27
Opening Guns
51
Strategic areas of northern Virginia
56
Operations in western VirginiaJuly 1861
63
Beauregards Battlefield
67
Battlefield of Sharpsburg
361
Rebuilding an Army
371
Stuarts October Raid1862
391
Battle at Fredericksburg
395
In Winter Quarters
417
Facing a New Campaign
435
Jackson Gets His Greatest Orders
465
The FredericksburgChancellorsville front
468

First Battle of Manassas
71
Beauregards Star Wanes
79
Johnston Passes a Dark Winter
93
Challenge on the Peninsula
105
WilliamsburgMay 451862
115
Seven Pines
123
Seven Pines
132
To Defend Richmond
145
Guarding the Valley
159
The central Shenandoah Valley
168
Jackson Launches His Offensive
179
Front RoyalMay 231862
184
Battle of WinchesterMay 251862
191
Victory in the Valley
195
The MassanuttonsShenandoah Valley
201
Battle of Port RepublicJune 91862
210
Struggle for Richmond
221
Jacksons advance to the Richmond front
223
Environs of Savage Station
241
Richmond Relieved
243
Malvern Hill July 11862
256
Lessons of the Seven Days
261
Facing a New Threat
285
Cedar MountainAugust 91862
295
Return to Manassas
307
Jacksons march against Pope
315
Confederate positionsSecond Manassas
327
Across the Potomac
335
Operations in MarylandSeptember 1862
345
Desperate Hours on the Antietam
355
Victory and Tragedy at Chancellorsville
487
Chancellorsville defensesMay 31863
488
Salem ChurchMay 4 1863
504
Renewal and Reorganization
523
Battlefield of Brandy Station
538
Across the Potomac Again
541
Two Days of Battle
561
Gettysburg and vicinity
568
Gettysburg and Its Cost
587
Picketts ChargeJuly 31863
595
Challenges for LongstreetHilland Stuart
613
Advance to Bristoe StationOctober 1863
625
Tests and Trials of Winter
633
The Wilderness and Spotsylvania
659
The Bloody AngleMay 10121864
682
Richmond Threatened
685
Drewrys Bluff and PetersburgMay 1864
703
New FrontsNew Battles
715
Trevilian Station June 111864
725
The Darkening Autumn of Command
739
Third WinchesterSeptember 19 1864
748
In a Ring of Iron
761
The Last March
783
The projected march to Danville
790
Appomattox Court House
806
Notes
817
Bibliography
853
Index
857
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About the author (2001)

Douglas Southall Freeman, the son of a Confederate soldier, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1886. He was commissioned to write a one-volume biography of Lee in 1915, but his research and writings over two decades produced four large volumes. Freeman won another Pulitzer Prize for his six-volume definitive biography of George Washington. He died in 1953.

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