General James Longstreet at First Manassas: Account of the Battle from His Memoirs (Illustrated)

General James Longstreet at First Manassas: Account of the Battle from His Memoirs (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.

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.

Regardless, Longstreet’s memoirs are considered an invaluable source, and he wrote lengthy accounts of each campaign he was involved in. In Longstreet at First Manassas, Longstreet gives an account of the first major battle, discussing generals like Stonewall Jackson, P.G.T. Beauregard, and Irvin McDowell.

This excerpt from his memoirs includes maps of the battle.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012892690
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
06/19/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
504 KB

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