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God and General Longstreet: The Lost Cause and the Southern Mind Paperback – March 1, 1995
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"Those who would know the Lost Cause and what it meant and still means would do well to read God and General Longstreet." -- National Review
"God and General Longstreet stands out as certainly the best recent historical work on the subject." -- Journal of Southern History
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This book is about the 'Lost Cause' myth and how it came about, and only mentions James Longstreet in a 'few' lines. The book is very interesting and factual, but I believe the title is misleading.
Buy it to read about the Lost Cause origins, but not to read about James Longstreet.
PS: If you are in North Georgia, a visit to his grave site in Alta Vista Cemetery,Gainesville, GA, is well worth it. Don't forget to leave a cigar for Ole Dutch!
From 1865 through the present days, the Lost Cause has had a variety of meanings. Those men who were involved in Confederate military and political circles attempted to justify secession, and to find reasons for the ultimate military catastrophe. Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens, among others, wrote lengthy and turgid volumes essentially stating that the South went to war to protect its "rights". The fact that underlying these rights was the demand of the slave states to extend their "peculiar institution" i.e., slavery, into new territories, if not into free states, was of course, downplayed. Slavery, they said, had nothing to do with the matter. The military men, when not whining about the North's numerical and material advantages, looked for scapegoats within their own ranks.
The most maligned of these was James Longstreet, who was Lee's "right arm" and "old war horse". Had it not been for his "disobedience to Lee's orders" at Gettysburg--to attack at sunrise on the 2nd of July, the battle would have been won and the Confederate cause gained. William Nelson Pendleton, the ineffective and inefficient overseer of the artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia, was the source of this accusation.Read more ›
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Outstanding look at the rise and effects of the "Lost Cause" propaganda that come to dominate the memory of the U.S. Civil War. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Kevin Brown
As someone else has said, the title is misleading. As for my title of this review, if I were not careful, I would have used a more common term for "tripe" related to the droppings... Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Mark Anderson
God and General Longstreet is a study of the Lost Cause mentality, its
origins, its icons and how religion was central to many aspects of the Lost
Cause Movement. Read more