Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox / Edition 1

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A vivid account of life in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the final year of the Civil War. Based on more than 1200 letters and diaries written by soldiers.

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Editorial Reviews

Civil War History
One of the finest works ever written on the Army of Northern Virginia.
Washington Post Book World
A classic Civil War study—immensely useful to the historian, vigorous and enlightening to the common reader. It is a glimpse into the American soul: what is best and worst about us, our riches and griefs, discontents, yearnings, murderous urges, and abiding faith.
American History
A landmark book. When the end came, the men of the Army of Northern Virginia passed into legend. Power's important study brings a large measure of reality back to their story.
Charleston Post & Courier
Power has set a new standard, placed the bar a little higher in the study of a Civil War soldier's life. This great story of the final year in the life of the army of Northern Virginia is no longer scattered among numerous primary accounts but now awaits in the pages of Lee's Miserables.
Civil War Courier
Traces the human side of the war through the men who fought it and not through the historians' contemporary lens. It is a marvelous and, at times, an overwhelming volume as soldier after soldier speaks directly to the reader from his diary or letters.
Washington Post Book World
A classic Civil War study—immensely useful to the historian, vigorous and enlightening to the common reader. It is a glimpse into the American soul: what is best and worst about us, our riches and griefs, discontents, yearnings, murderous urges, and abiding faith.
Civil War Courier
Traces the human side of the war through the men who fought it and not through the historians' contemporary lens. It is a marvelous and, at times, an overwhelming volume as soldier after soldier speaks directly to the reader from his diary or letters.
Charleston Post and Courier
Power has set a new standard, placed the bar a little higher in the study of a Civil War soldier's life. This great story of the final year in the life of the army of Northern Virginia is no longer scattered among numerous primary accounts but now awaits in the pages of Lee's Miserables.
Civil War History
One of the finest works ever written on the Army of Northern Virginia.
American History
A landmark book. When the end came, the men of the Army of Northern Virginia passed into legend. Power's important study brings a large measure of reality back to their story.
Library Journal
A historian with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Power has written an excellent study of life in the Army of Northern Virginia in the Civil War's final year. The result is an outstanding example of the new military history similar in type and quality to Reid Mitchell's Civil War Soldiers LJ 9/15/88 and James McPherson's For Cause and Comrades LJ 3/15/97. Exhaustively researched, this revised doctoral dissertation is based on a wide variety of letters and diaries drawn from manuscript sources throughout the Confederate South. In chronological fashion, Power traces the men's cautious optimism after the Wilderness campaign, where soldiers wrote of "high spirits," to the rampant despair of the spring of 1865. Power covers the standard topics: morale, rations, home front, and the like. His very well-written book gives readers a you-are-there experience, and the final chapter is a superb historiographical overview of recent titles in the field. A final note on the title: Victor Hugo's classic had just been translated into English when some of Lee's more literate soldiers adopted the title to suit their own situation.Stephen G. Weisner, Springfield Technical Community Coll., MA
Donald McCraig
A classic Civil War study....A glimpse into the American soul: what is best and worst about us, our riches and griefs, discontents, yearnings, murderous urges, and abiding faith.
Washington Post Book World
Kirkus Reviews
A vivid history of the final year of the Civil War as experienced by Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, drawing heavily on documentary sources. Historian Power (Univ. of South Carolina) has examined some 1,200 letters and diaries by more than 400 officers and enlisted men of Lee's Army, and uses them very effectively to give a human face to the war from the spring campaigns of 1864 up to Lee's surrender in April 1865 at Appomattox. By going to the war's true experts, the combat soldiers, Power undercuts the two most common flaws in Civil War studies: the glamour and romance with which some narratives are burdened and the dull emphasis on strategic studies, at the expense of the reality of combat. Instead, the reader experiences something of the common soldier's loneliness and boredom, his yearning for loved ones at home, as well as the long hot marches, the overwhelming pressures and excitement of close combat, the widespread illness resulting from poor diets, the grief felt from the maiming and death of comrades, and the persistent hatred of the invading Yankees. The letters also demonstrate that as late as 1864 many soldiers still held an unduly optimistic view of the likely outcome. They also, of course, had an unwavering faith in Lee's abilities. Power uses these sources to give a gripping portrait of the terrible, bloody battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, Sheridan's victories in the Shenandoah Valley, the long sieges of Richmond and Petersburg, and the fall of Atlanta. He traces the increasing exhaustion and despair of the Southern combatants and noncombatants, and the growing realization that the war was lostþa realization mirrored in the swellingdesertion rates in a once proud army. A first-rate, profoundly realistic addition to the enormous Civil War library, powerfully bringing home the experience of combat and defeat.
From the Publisher
A classic Civil War study$#151;immensely useful to the historian, vigorous and enlightening to the common reader.

Washington Post Book World

It is a marvelous and, at times, an overwhelming volume as soldier after soldier speaks directly to the reader.

Civil War Courier

[H]as set a new standard, placed the bar a little higher in the study of a Civil War soldier's life.

Charleston Post and Courier

One of the finest works ever written on the Army of Northern Virginia.

Civil War History

Power's important study brings a large measure of reality back to their [the Army of Northern Virginia's] story.

American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807854143
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/1998
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Tracy Power is a historian with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Spring 1864 1
1 The Wilderness and Spotsylvania, May 1864 14
2 Spotsylvania, the North Anna, and Cold Harbor, May-June 1864 40
3 Cold Harbor to Petersburg, June 1864 69
4 The Shenandoah Valley, to Washington, and Back, June-August 1864 90
5 The Siege of Petersburg and the Crater, June-July 1864 109
6 The Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, and Cedar Creek, August-December 1864 141
7 The Siege of Petersburg and the Richmond Front: Deep Bottom through Burgess Mill, August-November 1864 179
8 The Petersburg-Richmond Front, Winter Quarters, and Hatcher's Run, November 1864-February 1865 217
9 The Petersburg-Richmond Front, Fort Stedman, Five Forks, Sailor's Creek, and Appomattox, February-April 1865 245
10 The Last Hope of the South: The Army of Northern Virginia's Last Year in Retrospect 286
Notes 323
Bibliography 419
Index 451
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