- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 26, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810889137
- ISBN-13: 978-0810889132
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Jubal Early: Robert E. Lee's Bad Old Man
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Returning to the subject of a former study, Civil War Historian Cooling offers renewed insights into the personae of Lt. Gen. Jubal Anderson Early, including how a notable Unionist Whig could be transformed into a controversial Confederate commander and an outspoken champion of Southern 'lost cause' apologists. . . .A consummate depiction of perhaps the Confederacy's most colorful and confounding figure. Highly recommended for Civil War historians, specialists in 19th-century military tactics, lay readers, and all libraries. (Library Journal)
[Jubal Early: Robert E. Lee's Bad Old Man] is well written and organized and presents a useful synthesis of existing scholarship. It provides an effective look at Early's career and illustrates the general's importance both to the war in Virginia and postwar South. Moreover, the extensive bibliography will prove valuable to those wanting to discover more about Early. (Blue & Gray Magazine)
Benjamin Cooling’s new book is a worthwhile read for anyone seeking an overview of the famed Confederate general and postwar apologist. Entertaining, well written, and fast-paced, it will leave inquisitive readers wanting to explore the many primary and secondary sources the author presents in his extensive bibliography. To that end, Cooling has succeeded in whetting our appetites for even more of Lee’s Bad Old Man. (The Civil War Monitor)
Cooling's book is ably constructed. . . .[T]his [is a] commendable work. (Journal of Southern History)
In Jubal Early: Robert E. Lee’s Bad Old Man, a new critical biography of Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early, Civil War historian B.F. Cooling III takes a fresh look at one of the most fascinating, idiosyncratic characters in the pantheon of Confederate heroes and villains. Dubbed by Robert E. Lee as his "bad old man" because of his demeanor, Early was also Lee's chosen instrument to attack and capture Washington as well as defend the Shenandoah Valley granary in the summer and fall of 1864. Neither cornered nor snared by Union opponents, Early came closest of any Confederate general to capturing Washington, ending Lincoln's presidency, and forever changing the fate of the Civil War and American history. His failure to grapple with this moment of historical immortality and emerge victorious bespeaks as much his own foibles as the counter-efforts of the enemy, the effects of weather and the shortcomings of his army. From the pinnacle of success, Jubal Early descended to the trough of defeat within three months when opponent General Philip Sheridan resoundingly defeated him in the Valley campaign of 1864. Jubal Early: Robert E. Lee’s Bad Old Man will appeal to anyone interested in Civil War history and Confederate history more generally.
About the Author
Benjamin Franklin CoolingIII is a well-known Civil War and national security historian. He is presently professor of national security studies at the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He is the author of Mr. Lincoln’s Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington (Scarecrow Press 2006) and The Day Lincoln Was Almost Shot: The Fort Stevens Story (Scarecrow Press 2013).
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Cooling summarizes the life and times of this controversial figure in 200 erudite, well-researched pages that help illuminate this problematic character. Early's childhood, especially the loss of his mother, definitely played a role in his development but, though Cooling does an excellent job of illuminating Early's character, many of the factors that produced that irritable, unloved man can only be suggested or surmised. His military record is more easily described, Early's strengths often being outweighed by his flaws. The Washington gambit remains one of the most tantalizing "what-ifs" of the Civil War.
Having had little knowledge of the general, JUBAL EARLY was an eye-opener for me. After reading tomes on Lee, Jackson, Stuart, Longstreet, et al, Cooling's book was a splash of water in the face. I can't say the book was entertaining - given the nature of the beast - but it was informative and enlightening. Bad Old Man, indeed! Recommended.