Lee's Lieutenants: Cedar Mountain to Chancellorsville

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 1, 1997 - History - 800 pages
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An unquestioned masterpiece of the historian's art, and a towering landmark in the literature of the American Civil War.

Volume one of this magnificent three-volume narrative closed with the Confederate reorganization that followed the Seven Days' battles. In volume two, "Cedar Mountain to Chancellorsville," Douglas Southall Freeman recounts the succession of battles that are among the most celebrated in the history of American warfare.

The Confederacy won resounding victories in 1862-63, but they were seldom won easily or at light cost. Death was always on the heels of fame, but the men who survived -- among them Jackson, Longstreet, and Ewell -- would continue to develop as commanders and as men. In these chapters, a new type of officer arises. He is still learning, still rounding to the full stature of a leader, and combat is still his glory. At second Manassas he is John Hood; at South Mountain he is Robert Rodes; at Sharpsburg he is John Cook, and at Chancellorsville there is a goodly fellowship: Rodes and Ramseur and Pender and Wilcox.

But it is Jackson who is the central figure in this volume. The history of the Confederate Army from Cedar Mountain to Sharpsburg and back again to the Rappahannock is, in its finest lines, his military biography. By the spring of 1863, "Old Jack" personifies the mobility, the resolution, and the offensive daring of the Army, and his death is a defeat that cancels all the gains at Chancellorsville.

  

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Douglas Freeman's book, "Lee's Lieutenants Volume 2" covers the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from Spring 1862 to the death of Stonewall Jackson in May1863. My edition was published in ... Read full review

Contents

Dramatis Personae xxi
1
n Jackson Fumbles at Cedar Mountain
16
Jackson Defies Pope and Thanks God
96
vn The Gallant Rivalry of Manassas
120
The Test of Lafayette McLaws
184
xn The Wagon Hunters Great Day
193
A Crisis in Reorganization
250
xvn The Balance of the Two Corps
269
Promotion and a Fiery Resignation
413
The Developing Staff
428
xxvni Artillerists Get Their Stars
444
Longstreet Tries Independent Command
467
Jackson Gets His Greatest Orders
524
You Can Go Forward Then
543
xxxin A Night in the Wilderness
563
xxxrv The Young Commanders Day
584

xvm How to Accomplish The Impossible
284
xxn Longstreet Wins an Easy Victory
359
xxm The Night of the Northern Lights
369
After FredericksburgLaments and Laurels
377
Cavalry Raids and Quarrels
397
Jube Early Has a Right to Swear
603
Promotion for Rodes and for Jackson
644
xxxvn Have No Fear We Shall Not Beat Them
683
APPENDIX
715
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Douglas Southall Freeman was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1886, the son of a Confederate soldier. After receiving a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University at the age of twenty-two, he embarked on a newspaper career. He was named the editor of the Richmond News Leader at the age of twenty-nine, a post he would hold for thirty-four years. In 1915, Freeman was commissioned by Scribner's to write a one-volume biography of Robert E. Lee; twenty years of work later, his four-volume R. E. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize. The three volumes of Lee's Lieutenants took him a relatively modest eight years to complete. He won another Pulitzer Prize for his six-volume biography of George Washington, which he finished only hours before his death in 1953.

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