By Jeffry D. Wert
In the yr following Lee’s appointment, his military received 4 significant battles or campaigns and fought Union forces to a draw on the bloody conflict of Antietam. Washington itself used to be threatened, as a succession of Union commanders did not cease Lee’s offensive. until eventually Gettysburg, it regarded as though Lee may perhaps strength the Union to barter a peace instead of threat surrendering the capital or maybe wasting the warfare. Lee’s victories fired southern ambition and emboldened accomplice squaddies all over the place.
Wert exhibits how a similar audacity and aggression that fueled those victories proved disastrous at Gettysburg. yet, as Wert explains, Lee had little selection: outnumbered by way of an opponent with enhanced assets, he needed to take the struggle to the enemy to be able to win. For a yr his greater generalship prevailed opposed to his rivals, yet ultimately what Lee’s relied on lieutenant common James Longstreet referred to as “headlong combativeness” triggered Lee to miscalculate. whilst an both combative Union general—Ulysses S. Grant—took command of northern forces in 1864, Lee was once defeated. A excellent military draws at the most up-to-date scholarship, together with letters and diaries, to supply an excellent research of Lee’s triumphs. It deals clean exams of Lee; his best commanders Longstreet, Jackson, and Stuart; and a smart conflict process that also deals classes to army commanders at the present time. A excellent military is a dramatic account of significant battles from Seven Days to Gettysburg that's as gripping because it is convincing, a must-read for a person attracted to the Civil War.
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A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863 by Jeffry D. Wert