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  • Hardcover: 460 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0554353946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0554353944
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,062,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A great American!
Claud D. Wolf Jr.
This book contains the letters of Robert E Lee collected by and enhanced with remembrances of his youngest son.
J. A. Pritchett
I would recommend this book if you want to gain insight in one of histories great military geniuses.
Christopher J. Cowen

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Alan Rockman on December 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coonman53 on February 22, 2011
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Have never really read much on General Lee, other than the usual history book things. But this book reveals just what a truly kind, warm, and genteel man the General really was. The book also shows the reader of a time and people that unfortunately will never be seen again. Even in regards to the Civil War era, a much better time to have lived in this wonderful country we call America. It is such a sad, sad, thing that General Lee never wrote his memiors. So much more about the era, the conflict, the people, and the Man himself, would have made the history of that time even more memorable.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Thompson on November 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books about Lee! It is written from his youngest's son's point of view. It's a great book for every library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TH on July 31, 2013
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While most of this book is a collection of Robert Lee's letter to his family, it does offer significant insight as to his character and personality. It's not a review of his Civil War recollecitons, but instead a look inside the man's deeply religious and family oriented values, which are clearly evident in his personal letters, many of which were written between battles. It is clear that he was a greatly loved and admired southern gentleman, who was able to remain such despite fighting for a losing cause and having most of his personal possessions confiscated by the Union. I was fortunate to have read this before visiting his Arlington, Virginia home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry W. Moore on May 2, 2011
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This was purchased for use as a gift. The recipient was a sophomore in high school and loved Civil War History.
Having good primary source reading material helped his understanding.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By davidcox on February 27, 2012
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Excellent book about Gen'L. Lee and his sons, during the hey -day of the Army of Northern Va. Also, Gen'l. Lee writes amazing sympathy letter to grieving wives. These letters could be re-writen today but they would be outlawed by the gov't. because god is mentioned !!

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Pritchett on September 19, 2011
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This book contains the letters of Robert E Lee collected by and enhanced with remembrances of his youngest son. I found it to be a touching look at the life and moral character of a man to whom history has been unkind. Turning the pages of this book, the reader realizes that Lee's name must not be attached to the violence, hatred, and bigotry that was commonplace in the South in the period following the Cival War. One of the most interesting aspects of this book is that it devotes as much space to Lee's postbellum life as it does to his conduct throughout the war.
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