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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee [Kindle Edition]

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Robert Edward "Rob" Lee, Jr. (October 27, 1843 – October 19, 1914) was the youngest of three sons of Confederate General Robert Edward Lee, Sr. and Mary Anna Randolph Custis, and the sixth of their seven children. He became a soldier during the American Civil War, planter, businessman, and author. He grew up at Arlington House (where he was born) across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. He attended boarding schools during much of the 1850s, initially while his father, a career man in the U.S. Army, was serving as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Unlike his father and two older brothers, Rob never served in the United States Army, and apparently did not contemplate a military career. In 1860, Rob enrolled at the University of Virginia. When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, his father and his two older brothers, Custis and Rooney, all chose to serve Virginia in the Confederate Army. To his mother's dismay, the following year, Rob joined them. In 1862 Rob served as a private in the Rockbridge Artillery. After the Battle of Sharpsburg, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to serve as aide to his older brother Custis. The latter was a major general and aide-de-camp to the Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and was involved in defending Richmond, Virginia.

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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Measure of the Marble Man December 23, 2004
Robert E. Lee never had the chance to pen his own autobiography as U.S. Grant did. He meant to, but kept holding it off until heart disease claimed his life five years after the surrender of Appomattox.

Many of those who served under him during the Civil War wrote biographies of the great Confederate General, claiming to know how he felt, and what he thought. But only two of them really came close. The ponderous but solidly written "Memoirs of Robert E. Lee" by his Aide, Colonel Long, and this volume, comprised of letters actually written by Lee, and the remembrances of those who knew him well, and none more so than the author of the book, his own son, Captain Robert E.Lee, Jr.

Captain Lee describes his childhood in the Lee household, of General Lee's love of animals, especially horses. He describes a man who smiled, was warm, as compared to the austere, solemn descriptions and illustrations of him once the Civil War commenced. He writes how Lee agonized within his own family of the decision to leave the U.S. Army, and then join the Confederacy, even though wishing for a quiet, neutral life, and of Lee's personal losses during the war - a daughter who passed on, a son wounded and captured, the son's frail wife also passing on, and the known loss of their dearly beloved home in Arlington, which was turned into the national cemetery of the same name.

Captain Lee studiously avoids the controversial sides of Lee, his stand on slavery or the rights of the South, concentrating mainly on the personality of man and how he dealt with others.

This is a volume that belongs on the shelf of any Civil War buff, especially those interested in the life of Robert E. Lee.

I recommend this book, and Burke Davis' "Gray Fox" be purchased together.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible man! February 9, 2012
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I haven't even finished reading this book, and I realize that it was written by his son, but the letters that General Lee wrote to family, friends and even superior officers give us a clear picture of what an incredible person he was. With each chapter I read, I become more amazed and in awe of the splendid individual General Robert E. Lee was; a man of integrity and compassion, and the ability to lead and inspire others. He may have been on the losing side of the Civil War, but in life, he was a winner!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read from the 19th Century November 15, 2011
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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

First off, you can't beat the price. Secondly, it's a delightful peek into the world of General Lee, and HOW letters were written in that time. A lost art......

Told from the vantage point of his son, Robert, I enjoyed sharing his father with him, if just for a little while.

This is a good book for consideration of how things were done, how they've changed since that time, and enjoyment cover-to-cover!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recollections and Leeters of General Robert E. Lee July 17, 2012
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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee is excellent. It peeks into his life and paints a very intere4sting picture of his life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee's letters August 17, 2013
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Wonderful companion to D.S. Freeman 's biography of General Lee. Highly recommended. A great Christian, soldier, and American. One of the greatest America has ever produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RELee August 14, 2012
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Fantastic read. This book gives a deep insight into the personality of General R E Lee both through his own letters but also through the narative of his son Rob. The facts given are interesting but most intriguing is the splendor of the General's love and devotion to his family and the men he served in the Army of Northern Virginia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read October 5, 2008
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If you are a civil war reader or a Robert E. Lee fan, than this book is for you. His private letters allow us to forget that we are reading history and allow us to step right into the soul of the man.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll Never Look At General Lee The Same Way Again! July 24, 2013
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I have to say honestly, that I had truly no idea that General Robert E. Lee lived for another 5 years following his surrender to Grant during the Civil War. I mean, I guess I didn't just figure that he'd died and that was the end, but I had no idea how much he really LIVED, I guess is what I am trying to say.

Being from the North, we don't hear about how he went on to become the President of Washington University in Lexington, VA. We don't hear about his sons, daughters & grandchildren. I've never heard about how well-loved he was by just about everyone in the South, right up until his very last breath. I never knew how well he cared for his rheumatic, wheel-chair-bound wife, or how much he loved and how well he cared for Traveller (his beloved and well-acclaimed war horse), right up until he could no longer do it.

"I have led the young men of the South in battle; I have seen many of them die on the field; I shall devote my remaining energies to training young men to do their duty in life." This quote really shows what sort of person he was, devoted to the task at hand (no matter what that may be, in this case, teaching students at the University), right up until the very end. He was amazing, and a part of me feels just a little bit cheated that I never knew any of this until now.

He was an amazing person, and truly, despite surrendering during the war, a complete and utter hero. And I, for one, am so glad his son Robert was able to compile this gathering of his letters and recollections, for me to learn that. I'll never look at General Lee in the same way again!
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To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Diversion Books is publishing seminal works of the era: stories told by the men and women who led, who fought, and who lived in an America that had come apart at the seams.

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