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Product Details

  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Lost Classic Books; Revised edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965273555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965273558
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,868,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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G. A. Henty was an adventure novelist for boys in the Victorian era. Happily, he's enjoying a comeback. While most of his adventures took English lads off to wartime derring-do in India or Africa or back to the Middle Ages, a few brought boys of English blood to America, like With Lee in Virginia. It's the sort of book Southern Partisan readers ought to pass on to their own sons. The politics of sectional conflict aren't oversimplified, but the bias is one Southern Partisan readers are likely to applaud . . . war's gritty reality is not ignored; it is handled thoughtfully and well in this cleverly done book for boys -- Southern Partisan, 1st Quarter 1997

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Readers are rediscovering G. A. Henty, the prolific 19th century author of historical adventures, whom George Grant calls "a Victorian literary phenomenon." With Lee in Virginia introduces us to young Vincent Wingfield. Not yet 16, and back in Virginia after four years of school in England, Vincent finds conditions in the South and the country unsettled. Before long, war breaks out and Vincent goes to fight for the South. Henty's gripping story weaves Vincent's adventures with the real life events and people of the Civil War, teaching history as it entertains and celebrating the virtues of family loyalty, honor, bravery, and determination in the face of adversity.

Recommended for Ages 10 and up.


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Customer Reviews

Story blends events of the time period well.
JC
I had expected much more archaic language but it was very readable.
jmw
Excellent description of Southern life during the Civil War.
Walking Queen

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Library Binding
I really loved this book written from a rare Confederate view point. The author beautifully portrayed virtues such as honor and courage in the young hero, Vincent. They say these books are written for teenage boys, but I'm a twelve year old girl and I couldn't put down the book for three days. It is probably won of the most exciting books I've ever read.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Uriah Hughes on April 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is definitely one of Mr. Henty's masterpieces. It gives a clear view of the South's situation and why the Civil War was fought. I highly enjoyed this book, both for its content and the way history is mingled with a gripping plot. I can't tell you too much because I might spoil it, but it is about a young Southern man who joins the Confederate army and distinguises himself through his many adventures.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An extra bonus in this Henty book is that it includes both the English preface and the American one, which Henty wrote to the `lads' who would read this book. In With Lee in Virginia Vincent Wingfield is the main character, one who lives on a plantation run by slaves, but who is strongly against being cruel to slaves. When he clashes with the overseer over Pearson having whipped a slave, Vincent never imagines it will cause such trouble. Soon, though, Vincent gets involved in the fate of the slave he saved, Tony. Will Vincent be able to help the man escape from the wicked Jackson? What about Tony's wife, who Jackson is selling for revenge? This book draws you right in plantation life in the 18hundreds, you will feel happy with the knowledge that `your' slaves are safe, and will never even consider that you are doing wrong by keeping slaves. Vincent enlists as a volunteer after Virginia secedes and accomplishes many deeds of bravery. This is just another in a long line of thrilling books writing by George Alfred Henty, don't miss reading a single one!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. H. on May 17, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read many G.A. Henty books and enjoyed them. This story was no exception. However, it was painful to read the account published by Timeless Classic Books. This 2010 edition was apparently not proofread and had over 100 spelling errors. I have never read a book that was so poorly edited. Anyone with a spell checker could have done better. I have tried to contact the publisher, but their website is down.
I'd recommend the book, but please purchase from a different publisher.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Blease on August 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This may have been written at the time for young readers (I am 43!), but for anyone interested in the Civil War it is a treasure trove of background to the war, and the men of the South (primarily) that fought it. The descriptions of the battles (complete with maps) fought in Virginia are gripping without being overly-narrated. My 12-year old is reading it soon, and I am sure he won't be able to put it down either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Gibbon on October 6, 2011
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Ugh! This book is a good one about the Civil War, but sadly, it is poorly published. The lines of text are too long, the margins too narrow. It reads like a manuscript, not a book to curl up with and enjoy. There are tons of errors too. My girls are frustrated because they feel like they are editors, not students while reading the book. If you can find one in a different format, buy it instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on May 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Though not all of the history in this book is completely accurate, it is filled with historical characters and events and is very informative. The characters are interesting, the story well-written, and the worldview is Christian. Though I didn't agree with all of Vincent's beliefs, Henty did present Vincent's viewpoint well, and Vincent had a fairly good view of slavery considering his upbringing. The individual slaves are portrayed well, though some readers may find it difficult to understand their speech. I recommend With Lee in Virginia to highschoolers who enjoy adventure stories and history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By In the Bookcase on October 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
My second read from G.A. Henty. A good, wholesome story that the entire family can enjoy. The action and battles in all likely reel in the attention of adventurous boys.

"With Lee in Virginia" is the story of a young man who faces many decisions over the course of the Civil War. He must choose what he believes in, even when it sways from his family, and must fight honorably. I certainly enjoyed the book myself!
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