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Title:
Duty faithfully performed : Robert E. Lee and his critics
Author:
Taylor, John M., 1930-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Dulles, Va. : Brassey's, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xv, 268 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781574881837
Format :
Book

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A gracefully written counter-revisionist profile of one of the most complex and controversial men in American history.


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Library Journal Review

Revered in the South, Robert E. Lee remains somewhat controversial. Though he was undeniably the greatest military leader of the Confederacy, historians still question aspects of his strategy and whether his use of resources was wise. Lee took the offensive early, intent on destroying the Union's willingness to fight before the federal army could organize. While acknowledging Lee's shortcomings as a commander, Taylor (William Henry Seward: Lincoln's Right Hand) glosses over his major defeat at Gettysburg, saying that Lee thought his army was invincible after Confederate victories at Antietam and Chancellorsville. Described in the promotional material as a "counterrevisionist antidote" to such critical works as Thomas Connelly's The Marble Man (1978), this is an abbreviated study by a historian who clearly admires the Confederate general. An optional purchase for academic libraries and larger Civil War collections.√ĄGrant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.