Lee and His Generals in War and Memoryby Gary W. Gallagher
Historical images of Robert E. Lee and his lieutenants have been shaped to a remarkable degree by former Confederates, who in reminiscences and other writings constructed the Lost Cause interpretation of the conflict. They portrayed Lee as a perfect Christian warrior, Stonewall Jackson as his peerless right arm, and the Army of Northern Virginia as the backbone of Confederate resistance. In his collection of thirteen essays, Gallagher explores the effect of Lost Cause arguments on popular perceptions of Lee and his most famous subordinates, astutely examining the ways in which historical memory is created and perpetuated.
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Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor of history at the University of Virginia, is the author or editor of twenty-two books on the Civil War, including The Confederate War and Lee the Soldier.
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Revisionist history unsupported or disputed by evidence. Example - PG-150 letter from Longstreet to Fitz-John Porter after the war claims that he disobeyed orders fromm Lee to attack at Second Manassas. This confession of guilt is disavowed based on interpreting what he really meant by what he wrote.