Robert E. Lee: A Biography

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages

"The best and most balanced of the Lee biographies."—New York Review of Books

The life of Robert E. Lee is a story not of defeat but of triumph—triumph in clearing his family name, triumph in marrying properly, triumph over the mighty Mississippi in his work as an engineer, and triumph over all other military men to become the towering figure who commanded the Confederate army in the American Civil War. But late in life Lee confessed that he "was always wanting something."

In this probing and personal biography, Emory Thomas reveals more than the man himself did. Robert E. Lee has been, and continues to be, a symbol and hero in the American story. But in life, Thomas writes, Lee was both more and less than his legend. Here is the man behind the legend.
 

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A comprehensive new biography that seeks to give a balanced portrait of the famed Confederate general. Thomas (History/Univ. of Georgia; The Confederacy as a Revolutionary Experience, not reviewed ... Read full review

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Gen. Robert Edward Lee was a leader who inspired great devotion among the men who followed him, and he continues to inspire great interest to this day. Thomas (The Confederate Nation, 1861-1865, 1979 ... Read full review

Contents

Maps
11
Preface
13
Foreword
17
Advent
23
1 Robert Was Always Good
30
2 How Can I Live Without Robert?
38
3 The Marble Model
47
4 As Bold as a Sheep
56
Illustrations follow
224
19 The Federal Army Should Have Been Destroyed
230
20 We Cannot Afford to Be Idle
245
21 It Is Well That War Is So Terrible
264
22 From Such a SceneMenRose to the Dignity of Gods
275
23 Too Bad Too Bad OH TOO BAD
287
24 I Was Influenced by the Bribe
304
25 We Must Never Let Them Pass Us Again
317

5 Happy as a Clam in High Water
67
6 I Must Get Away from Here
76
7 They Wanted a Skillful Engineerand Sent Me
86
8 You Are Right in My Interest in the Pretty Women
101
9 I Have Done No Good
113
10 The Gallant Indefatigable Captain Lee
125
11 I Am Fond of Independence
143
12 The Climate Is as Harsh to Me as My Duties
153
13 The Question Which I Have Staved Off for 20 Tears
163
14 How Hard It Is to Get Contentment
175
15 Can Anybody Say They Know His Brother?
191
16 Never Fought a BattlePious Horror of GuerrillasExtreme Tenderness of Blood
201
17 LowCountry Gentlemen Curse Lee
211
18 Lee Is Audacity Personified
218
26 I Go to Petersburg
334
27 Ah But He Is a Queer Old Genius
341
28 I Would Rather Die a Thousand Deaths
355
29 After Four Years of Arduous Service
367
30 I Am Considered Now Such a Monster
380
31 We Have But One Rule Here
393
32 I Will Give That Sum
402
Apotheosis
416
Notes
419
Bibliography
449
Index
459
Back Cover
473
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About the author (1997)

Emory M. Thomas is Regent's Professor of History at the University of Georgia and author of a number of books on the Civil War. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

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