Last Chance for Victory: Robert E. Lee and the Gettysburg Campaign

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Long after nearly fifty thousand soldiers shed their blood there, serious misunderstandings persist about Robert E. Lee's generalship at Gettysburg. What were Lee's choices before, during, and after the battle? What did he know that caused him to act as he did? Last Chance for Victory addresses these issues by studying Lee's decisions and the military intelligence he possessed when each was made.Packed with new information and original research, Last Chance for Victory draws alarming conclusions to complex issues...

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Long after nearly fifty thousand soldiers shed their blood there, serious misunderstandings persist about Robert E. Lee's generalship at Gettysburg. What were Lee's choices before, during, and after the battle? What did he know that caused him to act as he did? Last Chance for Victory addresses these issues by studying Lee's decisions and the military intelligence he possessed when each was made.Packed with new information and original research, Last Chance for Victory draws alarming conclusions to complex issues with precision and clarity. Readers will never look at Robert E. Lee and Gettysburg the same way again.

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B. D. Patterson
Last Chance for Victory is the most insightful work on the generalship of Robert E. Lee and on the character and fighting power of the Army of Northern Virginia since Douglas Southall Freeman's Lee's Lieutenants.
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The battle for Gettysburg during the American Civil War was the turning point leading that would inevitably conclude in the defeat of the Confederate forces at the hands of the Union armies. Almost 50,000 men were killed or wounded in this singular conflict which has became the most exhaustively researched by scholarship and studied by Civil War buffs seeking to understand the military dynamics of America's deadliest conflict. Of particular interest has been Robert E. Lee's generalship during the campaign and battle, clouded over time by myth, legend, and misunderstanding. In Last Chance For Victory: Robert E. Lee And The Gettysburg Campaign, Scott Bowden and Bill Ward effectively collaborate to study the choices made by General Lee, including why and how he made them, and what his options were — including the one's he chose not to take. Ground breaking, occasionally iconoclastic, Last Chance For Victory is a superbly researched, ably presented, and welcome contribution to the growing library of Civil War literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812613
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Pages: 644
  • Sales rank: 1,355,046
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Bowden is an award-winning author of twenty- two books on Napoleonic and American military history. He lives in Arlington, Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    sometimes subordinates do not listen

    This is a great book for civil war buffs from all thoughts about gettysburg to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    A long awaited and welcome reappraisal of Lee's challenges and responses at Gettysburg

    Thoughtful and honest. This reappraisal of Lee and the challenges he encountered in Pennsylvania flies in the face of recent revisionists who have sullied Lee's reputation and looked to degrade his battlefield judgements. Faced with overwhelming challenges, this tome clarifies Lee's logical suggestions that the Confederacy's existence and eventual survival required a plan of extraordinary agressiveness. Following success at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, coupled with the necessity that the theatre of battle be transferred onto northern soil, Lee recommended accurately that pressure needed to be applied in an offensive action beyond Virginia soil. The authors of this wonderful book clearly state the case for this reasoning and follow up throughout the ensuing days of struggle with a keen eye for military tactics and strategy. Above all, they present a cogent understanding of the decisions that Lee made as events unfolded. For a marvelous understanding of the truth of Lee's objectives and decisions there is no better narrative available. Those who seek to disparage Lee's battlefield judgements are urged to read this well documented and convincing account that reaffirms Lee's status as one of America's most revered and effective Generals. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    Best Book I've ever read on the Battle of Gettysburg..

    The authors have discussed Lee's decisions in a different context. They have written a book which is easy to follow. I was very impressed with their discussion of the attack 'en echelon' on July 2 and their description of the night attack on East Cemetery Hill on that same date during which the Brigades under the tactical command of Gen. Harry Hays captured the most important piece of terrain on the entire battlefield(and waited for support which never came).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    Best book ever written about Lee at Gettysburg

    Without question, this is great Civil War history, and for those who want to really know about the Confederate side of the battle, no book comes close to this one in analyzing Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg.

    A terrific, insightful work.

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    Posted August 13, 2009

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