Category Lee

Becoming Confederates

This book by Professor Gary Gallagher seeks to understand how feelings of confederate nationalism developed by using the views of three men: Robert E. Lee, Jubal A. Early, and Stephen Dodson Ramseur. The grand myth among Civil War “buffs” is the claim that states meant more to people of that time than the nation meant […]

The Partnership that Almost Won the Civil War: Lee and Jackson, with Dr. Christian Keller

Here’s a nice lecture by Dr. Christian Keller of the US Army War College based on his latest book about the partnership between Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The video’s description tells us, “On April 15, 2020, at 6:30PM, the USAHEC welcomed Dr. Christian Keller of the U.S. Army War College to […]

One Continuous Fight

This book by Eric Wittenberg, J. D. Petruzzi, and Mike Nugent tells the story of the U.S. Cavalry’s pursuit of and fights with the defeated confederate army after Gettysburg, along with Major General George G. Meade’s decisions and pursuit of Lee’s men with his infantry. It’s a balanced discussion of the events, neither completely blaming […]

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1619: The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy

Here’s a really good conversation between host Dr. Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Dr. Christian Keller, on Dr. Keller’s new book, The Great Partnership. Some of Dr. Keller’s comments are reminiscent of the book, North With Lee and Jackson, by the late James Kegel.

The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee

This book by John Reeves is well researched and provides an insight into the feelings against former U.S. Army Colonel Robert E. Lee in the immediate years after the war. “Immediately after the Civil War, however, many northerners believed Lee should be hanged for treason and war crimes. Americans might be surprised to learn that […]

Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2020 Winter Lecture Series

This month kicks off the 2020 Winter Lecture Series at the Gettysburg National Military Park, with first up being Matt Atkinson speaking on Freemasonry at Gettysburg. Here’s the full lineup: Sat. January 11 – Ranger Matt Atkinson ~ Freemasonry at Gettysburg: Fraternal Bonds Tested by Battle Sun. January 12 – Ranger Bert Barnett ~ Gettysburg – Recovery, […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Ten

In Military Affairs, Volume XLIX, No. 3, July 1985, John Morgan Dederer of the University of Alabama has an article titled, “The Origins of Robert E. Lee’s Bold Generalship: A Reinterpretation.” All page numbers in this post are from the article. He writes, “The origins of Lee’s bold, aggressive generalship have long puzzled contemporaries, biographers, […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Nine

I found this article from Volume XXII, No. 3 (Autumn, 1992) of Parameters, which is the journal of the U.S. Army War College. Titled, “Lee and the Operational Art: The Right Place, the Right Time,” it’s from the late military historian Jay Luvaas. Page numbers are from the article. In this article we find the source […]

A New Trend Regarding Historians and R. E. Lee

I’ve noticed a new trend appearing among historians and their evaluations of Robert E. Lee. They are out to chip all the marble off the marble man, and in doing so it seems to me they’re hitting the man as well as the marble. In other words, it seems to me they’re going a bit […]

Partners in Command

This book by Professor Joseph T. Glatthaar starts out as a fairly conventional study with the standard interpretations of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan, but as we get into it we see it has some additional nuggets that make it worthwhile. In describing the book, Dr. Glatthaar writes, “As American military […]