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Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies: General James Longstreet's Account of the Battle of Fredericksburg (Illustrated)
     

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies: General James Longstreet's Account of the Battle of Fredericksburg (Illustrated)

by James Longstreet
 
One of the most important, and controversial, Confederate generals during the Civil War was Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Robert E. Lee’s “old warhorse.” Longstreet was Lee’s principal subordinate for most of the war, ably managing a corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. Longstreet was instrumental in Confederate victories at

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One of the most important, and controversial, Confederate generals during the Civil War was Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Robert E. Lee’s “old warhorse.” Longstreet was Lee’s principal subordinate for most of the war, ably managing a corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. Longstreet was instrumental in Confederate victories at Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chickamauga, while he was also effective at Antietam and the Battle of the Wilderness, where he was nearly killed by a shot through the neck.

Had Longstreet died on the field, he may have been one of the South’s biggest heroes. However, it was his performance at Gettysburg and arguments with other Southern generals after the Civil War that tarnished his image. Longstreet was charged with being slow to attack on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, allowing the Union to man Little Round Top. He also resisted Lee’s order for Pickett’s Charge the next day. The fact that he served in Republican administrations after the Civil War rubbed his former comrades the wrong way, and the Georgian’s criticism of Lee infuriated the Lost Cause advocates who idolized the Virginian Lee.

Perhaps Longstreet’s most successful battle was the Battle of Second Manassas or Second Bull Run, in which his Corps smashed John Pope’s Union Army along its left flank and rolled it up, sending the entire army retreating back toward Washington D.C. It was one of the most decisive victories of the war and opened the door for Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia to invade Maryland in September 1862. It was also Longstreet’s Corps that was well fortified and repulsed several Union charges at the Battle of Fredericksburg, ensuring a decisive Confederate victory.

Longstreet’s official account of the Battle of Fredericksburg became part of The War of The Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. This edition is specially formatted with maps and images of the campaign and battle, as well as photos of the battle’s most important commanders.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013369924
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
645 KB

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