A Life of Gen Robert E Lee

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A life of Gen. Robert E. Lee (1871).

This book, "A life of Gen Robert E Lee", by John Esten Cooke, is a replication of a book originally published before 1871. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.

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A life of Gen. Robert E. Lee (1871).

This book, "A life of Gen Robert E Lee", by John Esten Cooke, is a replication of a book originally published before 1871. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.

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  • ISBN-13: 9785518560246
  • Publisher: YOYO Media
  • Publication date: 8/22/2013
  • Pages: 658
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 1.45 (d)

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he displayed, as his diplomatic correspondence indicates, untiring energy and devotion to the interests of the colonies. The last of these brothers was Philip Ludwell Lee, whose daughter Matilda married her second cousin, General Henry Lee. This gentleman, afterward famous as " Light-Horse Harry" Lee, married a second time, and from this union sprung the subject of this memoir. GENERAL "LIGHT-HORSE HARRY" LEE. This celebrated soldier, who So largely occupied the public eye in the Revolution, is worthy of notice, both as an eminent member of the Lee family, and as the father of General Robert E. Lee. He was born in 1756, in the county of Westmoreland which boasts of being the birthplace of Washington, Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, General Henry Lee, and General Robert E. Lee, Presidents, statesmen, and soldiersand, after graduating at Princeton College, entered the army, in 1776, as captain of cavalry, an arm of the service afterward adopted by his more celebrated descendant, in the United States army. He soon displayed military ability of high order, and, for the capture of Paulus's Hook, received a gold medal from Congress. In 1781 he marched with his " Legion " to join Greene in the Carolinas, carrying with him the high esteem of Washington, who had witnessed his skilful and daring operations in the Jerseys. His career in the arduous campaigns of the South against Cornwallis, and the efficient commander of his cavalry arm. Colonel Tarleton, may be best understood from General Greene's dispatches, and from his own memoirs of the operations of the army, which are written with as much modesty as ability. From these it is apparent that the small body of the " Legion " cavalry, under itsactive and daring commander, was the " eye and ear" of Greene's army, whose movement...
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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    The Life of a True Virginian, Gentleman, and Soldier

    This book by John Esten Cooke is a reprint of an original printed at the end of the 19th Century. Cooke was on Stuart's staff during the Civil War and thus had direct access to General Lee.
    Ths better part of the book is obviously focused on the battles of The War, but much print is devoted to General Lee and his interactions with his subordinates. There is sufficient attention given to battles to give the military historian a taste, but there is not a great deal of detail to strategy and tactics on the immediate front, but rather to the overall conduct of the operations.
    Admittedly, Cooke was a great admirer of Lee, and this must be taken into account in the reading of the book. Many anecdotes that have become part of the oral tradition of the Old South are presented here. The emphasis is not so much on legend as in presenting General Lee in a light not usually presented in history books.
    This would be particularly useful to someone who would like a "history/biography" written shortly after the Civil War from the Confederate prespective.

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