Lee's Lieutenants: Cedar Mountain to Chancellorsville

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Simon and Schuster, 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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Dramatis Personae xxi
n Jackson Fumbles at Cedar Mountain
Jackson Defies Pope and Thanks God
vn The Gallant Rivalry of Manassas
The Test of Lafayette McLaws
xn The Wagon Hunters Great Day
A Crisis in Reorganization
xvn The Balance of the Two Corps
Promotion and a Fiery Resignation
The Developing Staff
xxvni Artillerists Get Their Stars
Longstreet Tries Independent Command
Jackson Gets His Greatest Orders
You Can Go Forward Then
xxxin A Night in the Wilderness
xxxrv The Young Commanders Day

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

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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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