Recollections and Letters

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2004 - 405 páginas
Just as its subject, General Robert E. Lee, was no ordinary man, The Recollections and Letters is no ordinary book. In defeat, the formal Confederate general became the personification of the South. This was a remarkable evolution for a man who in 1861 took up arms against the nation of his birth and subsequently led an army to a devastating end. Lee's transformation from defeated general to American hero was due in part to Robert E. Lee, Jr.'s, dedication to his father's memory.

In 1904 the younger Lee produced The Recollections and Letters, a book made up primarily of the general's personal correspondence, much of which was written to his wife and children. The book provided touching insights into the general's family life, allowing readers to connect with him on a more human level. Any study of Robert E. Lee, the South, the Civil War, or American history is incomplete without The Recollections and Letters.
 

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SERVICES IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY
1
THE CONFEDERATE GENERAL
19
LETTERS TO WIFE AND DAUGHTERS
41
ARMY LIFE OF ROBERT THE YOUNGER
61
THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
80
THE WINTER OF 18634
99
FRONTING THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
114
THE SURRENDER
128
MOUNTAIN RIDES
237
AN ADVISER OF YOUNG MEN
251
THE RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD
268
MRS R E LEE
286
LEES LETTERS TO HIS SONS
305
THE NEW HOME IN LEXINGTON
321
FAILING HEALTH
338
THE SOUTHERN TRIP
349

A PRIVATE CITIZEN
144
PRESIDENT OF WASHINGTON COLLEGE
159
THE IDOL OF THE SOUTH
176
LEES OPINION UPON THE LATE WAR
194
FAMILY AFFAIRS
210
AN IDEAL FATHER
226
A ROUND OF VISITS
371
LAST DAYS
388
ENDNOTES
397
SUGGESTED READING
403
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The son of a Revolutionary War hero, Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia, in 1807. He was educated at the United States Military Academy in West Point. During the Mexican War, Lee distinguished himself as an army officer and was wounded during the storming of Chapultepec. He later served as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy and commanded the combined force of soldiers and marines that captured John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859. Abraham Lincoln offered Lee field command of all Federal forces but the Virginian declined, choosing instead to become commander of the Army of Northern Virginia in the Confederate forces.

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