The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lees Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History by Jonathan HornThe riveting true story of Robert E. Lee, the brilliant soldier bound by marriage to George Washingtons family but turned by war against Washingtons crowning achievement, the Union.
On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of leaders across a divided land. Both North and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of Washingtons most famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washingtons adopted child. Each side sought his service for high command. Lee could choose only one.
In The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn reveals how the officer most associated with Washington went to war against the union that Washington had forged. This extensively researched and gracefully written biography follows Lee through married life, military glory, and misfortune. The story that emerges is more complicated, more tragic, and more illuminating than the familiar tale. More complicated because the unresolved question of slavery--the driver of disunion--was among the personal legacies that Lee inherited from Washington. More tragic because the Civil War destroyed the people and places connecting Lee to Washington in agonizing and astonishing ways. More illuminating because the battle for Washingtons legacy shaped the nation that America is today. As Washington was the man who would not be king, Lee was the man who would not be Washington. The choice was Lees. The story is Americas.
A must-read for those passionate about history, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington introduces Jonathan Horn as a masterly voice in the field.
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General Robert E. Lee Library of Congress. Robert E. Lee summary: Confederate General Robert E. Lee is perhaps the most iconic and most widely respected of all Civil War commanders. Though he opposed secession, he resigned from the U.
Robert E. Lee served as a military officer in the U. In June , Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia, which he would lead for the rest of the war. Lee and his army achieved great success during the Peninsula Campaign and at Second Bull Run Mansassas and Fredericksburg, with his greatest victory coming in the bloody Battle of Chancellorsville. In the spring of , Lee invaded the North, only to be defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Few figures in American history are more divisive, contradictory or elusive than Robert E. Lee, the reluctant, tragic leader of the Confederate Army, who died in his beloved Virginia at age 63 in , five years after the end of the Civil War. In a new biography, Robert E. Lee , Roy Blount, Jr. I plunged back into it for this book, and am relieved to have emerged alive.
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The war, however, did not officially conclude at that tiny village west of Petersburg, Virginia. But what happened there in early April years ago certainly marked the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. After the fall of Richmond, the Confederate capital, on April 2, , officials in the Confederate government, including President Jefferson Davis, fled. The dominoes began to fall. The surrender at Appomattox took place a week later on April 9.
Instead, he served seventeen years as an officer in the Corps of Engineers, supervising and inspecting the construction of the nation's coastal defenses. Service during the war with Mexico, however, changed that. Lee declined and tendered his resignation from the army when the state of Virginia seceded on April 17, arguing that he could not fight against his own people. This same organization also boasted some of the Confederacy's most inspiring military figures, including James Longstreet , Stonewall Jackson and the flamboyant cavalier J. Yet despite foiling several attempts to seize the Confederate capital, Lee recognized that the key to ultimate success was a victory on Northern soil. The masterful victory at Chancellorsville gave Lee great confidence in his army, and the Rebel chief was inspired once again to take the fight to enemy soil. For three days Lee assailed the Federal army under George G.