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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!
Connelly also explains how Lee becomes a greater hero after death and a rallying point for statues and dedications while the south understandably searches for an answer to the defeat of what many in the south tried to remember as a noble cause. Jackson's role is diminished as Lee's appreciative role becomes magnified almost to diety. As the reasons for the "Lost Cause" become justified, Davis and Stephens even write retrospective histories that contrast conveniently with the changing times, States Rights and Rights under the Constitution rise to greater reasons of separation than does slavery for example.
A devastating loss with so much death, maiming of young men and destruction needed a nobleness that was overwhelmed only by large numbers of Union soldiers and errors of judgement of those other thsn the leaders of the armies. "Lest we Forget" is defined in Connelly's fascinating book.
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origins, its icons and how religion was central to many aspects of the Lost