Lee in the Shadow of Washington / Edition 1

Lee in the Shadow of Washington / Edition 1

by Richard B. McCaslin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807129593

ISBN-13: 9780807129593

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

In his thematic biography of the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, McCaslin locates the sources of Lee's devotion to Washington and shows how this bond affected his performance as a general in battle. He argues that Lee used the strategy of attrition to attempt to persuade the North to quit just as Washington had wearied the British. But reliance on…  See more details below

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In his thematic biography of the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, McCaslin locates the sources of Lee's devotion to Washington and shows how this bond affected his performance as a general in battle. He argues that Lee used the strategy of attrition to attempt to persuade the North to quit just as Washington had wearied the British. But reliance on Washington as a role model led to tragic irony: in the 1864 campaign it was Lee's Confederates who became trapped like the British in the Yorktown campaign. After his surrender, Lee could no longer emulate Washington the revolutionary, and he became the president of a small college that bore Washington's name and surrounded himself with mementos of his hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807129593
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Conflicting Worlds Series: New Dimensions of the American Civil War Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Mystic Chords of Memory: A Revolutionary Heritage13
2The Old Revolutionary Blood: Coming of Age in the Army37
3Granny Lee: Secession and Obscurity66
4Audacity Personified: Northern Virginia in 186295
5A Very Bold Game: Showdown at Gettysburg138
6Children of the Revolution: Fighting for Time, 1864-1865166
7Washington without His Reward: After the Civil War193
Epilogue: In the Shadow of Washington225
Bibliography235
Index253

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