A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 24, 2012 - History - 400 pages
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An “eloquent and judicious”* analysis of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, from one of leading Civil War historians—now in paperback.

From the time Robert E. Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862, until the Battle of Gettysburg thirteen months later, the Confederate army compiled a record of military achievement almost unparalleled in our nation’s history. How it happened—the relative contributions of Lee, his top command, opposing Union generals, and of course the rebel army itself—is the subject of Civil War historian Jeffry D. Wert’s fascinating new history.

Wert shows how the audacity and aggression that fueled Lee’s victories ultimately proved disastrous at Gettysburg. But, as Wert explains, Lee had little choice: outnumbered by an opponent with superior resources, he had to take the fight to the enemy in order to win. When an equally combative Union general—Ulysses S. Grant—took command of northern forces in 1864, Lee was defeated.

A Glorious Army draws on the latest scholarship to provide fresh assessments of Lee; his top commanders Longstreet, Jackson, and Stuart; and a shrewd battle strategy that still offers lessons to military commanders today.
 

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A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862–1863

User Review  - Randall M. Miller - Book Verdict

Acclaimed Civil War historian Wert (Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J.E.B. Stuart), who has written extensively on both Robert E. Lee's army and the Union's Army of the Potomac, brings ... Read full review

A GLORIOUS ARMY: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A Civil War specialist revisits the glory days of one of the most splendid fighting forces ever assembled: the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV). After the bitter defeat at Gettysburg, the Confederate ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Man and the Army
5
Seven Days
19
To Change the Theater of the War
53
Lees Masterpiece
75
The Armys Finest Hour
109
The Easiest Battle We Ever Fought
145
The Boldest and Most Daring Strategy of the Whole War
175
I Think We Will Clear the Yankees Out This Summer
207
The Enemy Is There and I Am Going to Strike Him
235
A Glorious Army
277
Abbreviations
297
Notes
299
Bibliography
343
Index
367
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Jeffry D. Wert is the author of eight previous books on Civil War topics, most recently Cavalryman of the Lost Cause and The Sword of Lincoln. His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including Civil War Times Illustrated, American History Illustrated, and Blue and Gray.

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