Category Lee

Lee and His Army in Confederate History

This is a book of eight essays by Professor Gary Gallagher. The essays are mostly from other works Professor Gallagher edited in his “Military Campaigns of the Civil War” series through the University of North Carolina Press. One essay is his article, “An Old-Fashioned Soldier in a Modern War? Robert E. Lee as Confederate General” […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Eight

“An Old-Fashioned soldier in a Modern War? Robert E. Lee as Confederate General” is an article by Professor Gary Gallagher in Civil War History, Volume 45, Issue 4, December, 1999, pp. 295-321 [see also here and here]. He starts by reviewing how Lee is popularly viewed as an anachronism, a throwback to an earlier time. “Lee […]

Lee the Soldier

We’ve been considering some of the essays contained in this book already, so now it’s time to consider the book as a whole. There are few books I think are essential for anyone who wants to undertake a study of Robert E. Lee. This is one of them. The dust jacket, I think, describes the […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Seven

The next essay, by Gary W. Gallagher, is based on an essay he wrote on confederate generalship as a whole for Gabor Boritt’s book, Why the Confederacy Lost. It’s focused on Lee and is revised from the original. The page references come from Gallagher’s Lee the Soldier. After going over various historians’ criticisms of Lee [which have […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Six

The next essay comes from Alan T. Nolan. Professor Gallagher reproduces it in Lee the Soldier, but it’s also Chapter Four of Nolan’s Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History. The page references here come from Nolan’s book. In this chapter, Nolan creates what he terms “the true grand strategy” and “the official grand strategy.” He […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Five

The next essay we’ll consider is Charles P. Roland’s “The Generalship of Robert E. Lee,” from a book of essays Grady McWhiney edited called Grant, Lee, Lincoln and the Radicals. It’s also reproduced in Gary Gallagher’s Lee the Soldier. The page references here are from the Gallagher book. In the essay, Dr. Roland writes, “Exigencies of Southern […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part 4

This installment comes to us from Douglas Southall Freeman’s R. E. Lee, Vols., 3 and 4, by way of Gary Gallagher’s book of essays, Lee the Soldier. All the page references come from Dr. Gallagher’s book. The essay in Dr. Gallagher’s book is titled, “The Sword of Robert E. Lee.” In evaluating Lee’s generalship, Freeman writes, “Desperate […]