Battles & Leaders of the Civil War: General James Longstreet at Fredericksburg (Illustrated)

Battles & Leaders of the Civil War: General James Longstreet at Fredericksburg (Illustrated)

by James Longstreet
     
 

One of the most important, and controversial, Confederate generals during the Civil War was Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Robert E. Lee’s “old warhorse.” Longstreet was Lee’s principal subordinate for most of the war, ably managing a corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. Longstreet was instrumental in Confederate victories at…  See more details below

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One of the most important, and controversial, Confederate generals during the Civil War was Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Robert E. Lee’s “old warhorse.” Longstreet was Lee’s principal subordinate for most of the war, ably managing a corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. Longstreet was instrumental in Confederate victories at Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chickamauga, while he was also effective at Antietam and the Battle of the Wilderness, where he was nearly killed by a shot through the neck.

Had Longstreet died on the field, he may have been one of the South’s biggest heroes. However, it was his performance at Gettysburg and arguments with other Southern generals after the Civil War that tarnished his image. Longstreet was charged with being slow to attack on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, allowing the Union to man Little Round Top. He also resisted Lee’s order for Pickett’s Charge the next day. The fact that he served in Republican administrations after the Civil War rubbed his former comrades the wrong way, and the Georgian’s criticism of Lee infuriated the Lost Cause advocates who idolized the Virginian Lee.

Although Longstreet would dive headfirst into the controversies in his memoirs, his account of the Battle of Fredericksburg is less controversial in both his memoirs and other writings about the battle. This account, part of the well known Battles & Leaders of the Civil War Series, discusses the strategy and tactics of the battle of Fredericksburg, and what Longstreet would have done differently than Burnside.

This edition is specially formatted with images of Fredericksburg and Longstreet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013134782
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
08/14/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,052,966
File size:
273 KB

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