Lees Lieutenants 3 Volume Abridged: A Study in Command

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - History - 912 pages
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A towering landmark in Civil War literature, long considered one of the great masterpieces of military history -- now available in a one-volume abridgment.

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.

Dr. Freeman describes the early rise and fall of General Beauregard, the developing friction between Jefferson Davis and Joseph E. Johnston, the emergence and failure of a number of military charlatans, and the triumphs of unlikely men at crucial times. He also describes the rise of the legendary "Stonewall" Jackson and traces his progress in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign and into Richmond amid the acclaim of the South.

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 survived -- among them Jackson, Longstreet, and Ewell -- developed as commanders 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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User Review  - dhughes - LibraryThing

Excellent History of Lee's Officers. The detail is amazing and only makes one wonder where was all this information pulled from. This was the second book set that Douglas Southall Freeman authored. Not a week end read since all three volumes are over 400 pages and the last is over 700 pages. Read full review

Contents

Maps
11
Stephen W Sears
25
Opening Guns
51
Strategic areas of northern Virginia
63
Beauregards Battlefield
67
First Battle of Manassas
71
Beauregards Star Wanes
83
Challenge on the Peninsula
105
In Winter Quarters
417
Stuarts winter raids
425
Facing a New Campaign
435
25
448
Jackson Gets His Greatest Orders
465
The FredericksburgChancellorsville front
468
Victory and Tragedy at Chancellorsville
487
Chancellorsville defenses May 3 1863
488

Williamsburg May 45 1862
115
Seven Pines
123
To Defend Richmond
145
Stuarts Ride Around McClellan
154
Guarding the Valley
159
The central Shenandoah Valley
168
Jackson Launches His Offensive
179
Front Royal May 23 1862
184
Battle of Winchester May 25 1862
191
Victory in the Valley
195
The Massanuttons Shenandoah Valley
201
Battle of Port Republic June 9 1862
210
Struggle for Richmond
221
Jacksons advance to the Richmond front
223
Gaines Mill battlefield
230
Environs of Savage Station
241
Richmond Relieved
243
Malvern Hill July 1 1862
256
Lessons of the Seven Days
261
Facing a New Threat
285
Cedar Mountain August 9 1862
295
Return to Manassas
307
Jacksons march against Pope
327
Across the Potomac
335
Operations in Maryland September 1862
345
Desperate Hours on the Antietam
355
Battlefield of Sharpsburg
361
Rebuilding an Army
371
Stuarts October Raid 1862
391
Battle at Fredericksburg
395
Battlefield of Fredericksburg
403
Renewal and Reorganization
523
Salem Church May 4 1863
538
Across the Potomac Again
541
27
544
Stuarts raid Salem to Gettysburg
557
Two Days of Battle
561
Attack of Confederate right July 2 1863
581
Gettysburg and Its Cost
587
Picketts Charge July 3 1863
595
Challenges for Longstreet Hill and Stuart
613
Advance to Bristoe Station October 1863
625
Tests and Trials of Winter
633
3O The Wilderness and Spotsylvania
659
The Bloody Angle May 1012 1864
682
3I Richmond Threatened
685
Drewrys Bluff and Petersburg May 1864
703
New Fronts New Battles
715
Trevilian Station June II 1864
725
The Darkening Autumn of Command
739
The lower Shenandoah Valley
744
In a Ring of Iron
761
Five Forks battlefield April 1 1865
777
The Last March
783
The projected march to Danville
790
Appomattox Court House
806
Notes
817
Bibliography
853
Index
857
285
859
355
874
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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 to write a one-volume biography of Robert E. Lee; twenty years 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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