Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

By Michael Korda

New York Times bestselling writer Michael Korda's clean, modern unmarried quantity ancient biography of normal Robert E. Lee—perhaps the main recognized and least understood legend in American heritage and one among our so much famous heroes.

Michael Korda, writer of Ulysses S. Grant and the bestsellers Ike and Hero, paints a shiny and admiring portrait of Lee as a super basic, a faithful relations guy, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, but who refused command of the Union military in 1861 simply because he couldn't "draw his sword" opposed to his cherished Virginia.

Well-rounded and reasonable, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command in the course of the Civil struggle and explores his accountability for the deadly stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as good the various troubling controversies nonetheless surrounding it) and finally, his failed approach for successful the struggle. As Korda indicates, Lee's dignity, braveness, management, and modesty made him a hero on each side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a respected American icon who's well-known this present day because the nation's preeminent army leader.

Clouds of Glory positive aspects dozens of gorgeous illustrations, a few by no means earlier than obvious, together with twelve pages of colour, twenty-four pages of black-and-white, and approximately fifty in-text conflict maps.

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By Michael Korda

New York Times bestselling writer Michael Korda's clean, modern unmarried quantity ancient biography of normal Robert E. Lee—perhaps the main recognized and least understood legend in American heritage and one among our so much famous heroes.

Michael Korda, writer of Ulysses S. Grant and the bestsellers Ike and Hero, paints a shiny and admiring portrait of Lee as a super basic, a faithful relations guy, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, but who refused command of the Union military in 1861 simply because he couldn't "draw his sword" opposed to his cherished Virginia.

Well-rounded and reasonable, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command in the course of the Civil struggle and explores his accountability for the deadly stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as good the various troubling controversies nonetheless surrounding it) and finally, his failed approach for successful the struggle. As Korda indicates, Lee's dignity, braveness, management, and modesty made him a hero on each side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a respected American icon who's well-known this present day because the nation's preeminent army leader.

Clouds of Glory positive aspects dozens of gorgeous illustrations, a few by no means earlier than obvious, together with twelve pages of colour, twenty-four pages of black-and-white, and approximately fifty in-text conflict maps.

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Lee, 194. 239 even though either he and Custis: Coulling, The Lee women, eighty five. 239 “You need to move”: Ibid. , 86. 239 within the morning he rode over: Ibid. 239 The silver of the Lee and Custis households: Thomas, Robert E. Lee, sixty one; Edmund Jennings Lee, Lee of Virginia, 1642–1892 (Philadelphia, 1895), 409–10; Coulling, The Lee ladies, 87. 240 The rushing Lieutenant: Scott and Webb, who's Markie? 133. 240 there's no query: Coulling, The Lee women, 87. 240 even at Ravensworth: Lee, reminiscences and Letters of Robert E.

Clear of his relations, he persevered to fret approximately each aspect in their lives. Mrs. Lee, including of her daughters, Mildred and Agnes, had accredited the hospitality of associates of the relations at their property at the James River, west of Richmond, leaving her daughter Mary Custis in the back of “to regain power and weight. ” Mrs. Lee had no arrived than she slipped on a elegant wood ground and injured herself. regardless of pleas from her husband and her medical professionals, she refused to take to her mattress, and actually turns out to were none the more serious for the coincidence.

For the instant common Scott used to be there, “fuming at each wasted hour and writing lively letters to all whom he accounted to blame of delaying the beginning of his excursion. ” Lee used to be instantly permitted as a member of Scott’s normal employees and one of many common in chief’s internal council, and assigned to quarters on board the U. S. S. Massachusetts, the flagship of the fleet, on which Scott himself will be crusing. He will be sharing a cabin together with his buddy and classmate from West aspect (and a destiny accomplice basic) Joseph E.

Anderson doesn't appear to have been a very creative guy, yet Lee had adequate self assurance in him to contemplate selling him to corps commander, so one needs to suppose Anderson was once quoting Lee as thoroughly as he may perhaps years after the development. If the quote is accurate—and it really is worthy preserving in brain that the 2 those who utilize it are Freeman, who was firm to exonerate Lee from any blame for his defeat at Gettysburg; and Longstreet, who was once fearful to shift as a lot of the blame as he may from himself to Stuart—then it's a outstanding factor for a commander in leader to have informed considered one of his personal department commanders instantly earlier than a conflict.

633 “But what care can a man”: Ibid. , a hundred and forty. 634 His aide Colonel lengthy: Ibid. , 138. 634 Lee were sluggish to acknowledge: Fuller, furnish and Lee, 222. 635 to cite the decision: Ibid. , 228. 635 “a crater twenty ft deep”: furnish, own Memoirs of U. S. provide, 612. 636 It used to be not just “a large failure”: Frances H. Kennedy, ed. , The Civil warfare Battlefield advisor (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998), 356. 636 Even the retreat: Taylor, basic Lee: His Campaigns in Virginia, 260. 636 “was sorely attempted and beset”: Ibid.

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