- Hardcover: 708 pages
- Publisher: Book Sales; 2nd Edition edition (May 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890096945
- ISBN-13: 978-0890096949
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 7 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Memoirs of Robert E. Lee: His Military and Personal History Hardcover – May, 1991
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Lee started his memoirs, but never finished, and at his death, the part of history was never really addressed by Lee. There have been many like Longstreet who wrote about the war, but not Lee.
His father had been Lighthorse Harry Lee, a friend of George Washington and a Revolutionary War Hero - a role that would have been Lee's had the Confederacy won. Instead of helping to forge a new nation of independence as his father had, by the simple act of the South losing, he was on the 'wrong side'. Instead of hero, he was a rebel. Lee was troubled deeply by his decision to leave the Union Army and take up leadership for the Army of Northern Virginia. He was the husband of Mary Ann Randolph Custis, great-granddaughter of Washington. Arlington, our national cemetery that is so honoured, was her plantation, and the dead originally put there was done so as an insult to the Lee family.
Lee was a brilliant tactician, did what so few did before him, divide his army in the face of superior forces, and succeeded until the fiasco at Gettysburg in Pickett's Charge.
Since Lee could not or would not complete his memoirs, A.L. Long, with backing of Lee and later his family, took up the role, an amazing chore since most of his work was done when he was losing his sight, and the writings accomplished with a slate used for the blind. Long was military secretary to Lee and the vast amount of information was unpublished before this work. The papers were collected with the assistance of Marcus J. Wright, formerly Brig. General of the Army of Tennessee and Agent for the Collections of Confederate Records.
This books provides a wealth of information on a gentleman, a husband, a father, a lady's man, but first and foremost a soldier and leader.
I highly recommend this for anyone wanting a clear pictures of Robert E. Lee.