General James Longstreet at Antietam: Account of the Battle from His Memoirs (Illustrated with TOC)by James Longstreet
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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.
Near the end of his life, Longstreet authored From Manassas to Appomattox, a Civil War memoirs that looked to rebut his critics. Longstreet didn’t avoid his critics, facing them head on by fending off criticisms of his record for the most part, usually including letters written by other officers to his defense. Longstreet also didn’t pull punches, which he does at times quite poignantly on Lee's mishaps, most notably of course at Gettysburg. In other instances, he defends himself by criticizing others. When Fitz Lee notes that R.E. Lee called Longstreet the hardest man to move in the Army (a comment that can't be confirmed/refuted), he comes to his own defense in part by criticizing Stonewall Jackson during the Seven Days campaign. Hindsight is 20/20, and Longstreet's arguments in the conduct of certain campaigns certainly benefited from the passing of 30 years.
Longstreet at Antietam is Longstreet’s account of the Maryland campaign, which culminated with the Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg, the bloodiest single day of the war. Lee’s army barely survived the day, being heavily outnumbered with the army split up. Longstreet’s corps took the brunt of the attack on the Confederates’ left in the morning, which saw some of the toughest fighting of the war. Longstreet discusses the battles and the important leaders, including Lee and Jackson, while explaining his role in the fighting.
This edition includes a Table of Contents and maps of the battle.
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