Audacity Personified: The Generalship of Robert E. LeeISBN: 0807129291;
Book DescriptionDespite the literary outpouring on the life of Robert E. Lee, the southern chieftain remains an enigma. The existing scholarship is so voluminous, complex, and contradictory that it is difficult to penetrate the inner Lee and appreciate him as a general. Peter S. Carmichael has assembled a formidable array of Civil War historians who rigorously return to Lee?s own words and actions in interpreting the war in Virginia. This is the first collective volume to scrutinize specific aspects of the general?s military career. Carmichael?s opening contribution confronts Lee?s supposed drive for a victory of annihilation and takes issue with claims that he was too aggressive. William J. Miller?s novel analysis of Lee?s leadership during the pivotal Seven Days battles reconstructs his strategic thinking and corrects old assumptions. Gordon C. Rhea overturns the common notion that Lee anticipated his adversaries with uncanny precision in the...
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