The Seven Days: The Emergence of Lee

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During the Seven Days Campaign--the series of battles fought near Richmond at the end of June 1862--General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia routed General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Although the Confederates repulsed the powerful offensive of the Yankees, they failed to win a complete and decisive victory. The campaign had far-reaching consequences for both sides: depriving McClellan of a military decision meant the war would continue for two more years, and the chance for Southern ...
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During the Seven Days Campaign--the series of battles fought near Richmond at the end of June 1862--General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia routed General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Although the Confederates repulsed the powerful offensive of the Yankees, they failed to win a complete and decisive victory. The campaign had far-reaching consequences for both sides: depriving McClellan of a military decision meant the war would continue for two more years, and the chance for Southern victory would never come again. The Seven Days memorably depicts a turning point in the war and in American history.
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American Heritage Publishing Staff

Dowdey "brings to an encyclopedic knowledge of the facts a freshness that makes the story seem new. . . . [It] is an examination of the critical moments when history goes off on a new course."—Bruce Catton, American Heritag

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Dowdey "brings to an encyclopedic knowledge of the facts a freshness that makes the story seem new. . . . [It] is an examination of the critical moments when history goes off on a new course."—Bruce Catton, American Heritag
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803265943
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford Dowdey's other works include Lee's Last Campaign: The Story of Lee and His Men against Grant--1864. Robert K. Krick, whose introduction to The Seven Days takes up current scholarship, is the author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain, winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman Award.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Year of the Settlement 1
The Divided Command 17
I "Passion Spins the Plot" 19
II "We Are Betrayed by What Is False Within" 39
The Johnston Era 61
III Lee Plays at Machiavelli 63
IV Seven Pines 84
V Fair Oaks 106
A Single, Controlling Hand 129
VI End of Retreats 131
VII "General Orders No. 75" 148
VIII The Early Work of a Master 168
IX A Study of Stress 193
X Gaines's Mill: Battle of Decision 211
XI "Gone Away" 246
XII The Day of "Prince John" 259
XIII Between the Plan and the Execution 282
XIV The Last Day 316
XV Aftermath 347
Acknowledgments 361
Bibliography 363
Index 369
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