Defeat at Gettysburg: The Lives and Careers of Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, and JEB Stuart

Defeat at Gettysburg: The Lives and Careers of Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, and JEB Stuart

by Charles River Editors

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Overview

*Weaves the lives and careers of the three generals into one entertaining and educational narrative.
*Includes pictures of each general, and important people, places, and events in their lives.
*Includes an original introduction for each general.
*Includes a Table of Contents
*Includes a bibliography for each general for further reading.

Without question, the most famous battle of the Civil War took place outside of the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which happened to be a transporation hub, serving as the center of a wheel with several roads leading out to other Pennsylvanian towns. From July 1-3, 1863, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia battled Meade's Army of the Potomac in the biggest and bloodiest fighting of the war, leaving nearly 50,000 casualties.

After the South had lost the war, the importance of Gettysburg as one of the “high tide” marks of the Confederacy became apparent to everyone, making the battle all the more important in the years after it had been fought. Former Confederate comrades like James Longstreet and Jubal Early would go on to argue who was responsible for the loss at Gettysburg (and thus the war) in the following decades.

With the exception of George Washington, perhaps the most famous general in American history is Robert E. Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870), despite the fact he led the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia against the Union in the Civil War. Lee is remembered today for constantly defeating the Union’s Army of the Potomac in the Eastern theater from 1862-1865, considerably frustrating Lincoln and his generals. But Lee wasn’t perfect, and of all the battles Lee fought in, he was most criticized for Gettysburg, particularly his order of Pickett’s Charge on the third and final day of the war. Despite the fact his principle subordinate and corps leader, General James Longstreet, advised against the charge, Lee went ahead with it, ending the army’s defeat at Gettysburg with a violent climax that left half of the men who charged killed or wounded.

Had Longstreet died on the field in early May 1864, he would almost certainly be considered 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. After the South lost the war and Gettysburg came to be viewed as one of its biggest turning points, former Confederate generals looked to that battle to find scapegoats to blame for losing the war. 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.

JEB Stuart (1833-1864), the most famous cavalry officer of the Civil War, was equal parts great and grandiose, brilliant in conducting reconnaissance and capable of leading both cavalry and infantry at battles like Chancellorsville. However, Stuart’s role at Gettysburg was far more controversial. Given great discretion in his cavalry operations before the battle, Stuart’s cavalry was too far removed from the Army of Northern Virginia to warn Lee of the Army of the Potomac’s movements. Lee’s army inadvertently stumbled into the Union army at Gettysburg, walking blindly into what became the largest battle of the war. Stuart has been heavily criticized ever since, and it is said Lee took him to task when he arrived on the second day, leading Stuart to offer his resignation. Lee didn’t accept it, but he would later note in his after battle report that the cavalry had not updated him as to the Army of the Potomac’s movements.

Defeat at Gettysburg covers the critical decisions the three leaders made at Gettysburg, but it also comprehensively covers their entire lives and military careers. Along with bibliographies and pictures, you will learn about Lee, Longstreet, and Stuart like you never have before.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016759883
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 05/17/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 10 MB

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