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Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox (Civil War America)
Synopses & Reviews
Never did so large a proportion of the American population leave home for an extended period and produce such a detailed record of its experiences in the form of correspondence, diaries, and other papers as during the Civil War. Based on research in more than 1,200 wartime letters and diaries by more than 400 Confederate officers and enlisted men, this book offers a compelling social history of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during its final year, from May 1864 to April 1865.
Organized in a chronological framework, the book uses the words of the soldiers themselves to provide a view of the army's experiences in camp, on the march, in combat, and under siege—from the battles in the Wilderness to the final retreat to Appomattox. It sheds new light on such questions as the state of morale in the army, the causes of desertion, ties between the army and the home front, the debate over arming black men in the Confederacy, and the causes of Confederate defeat. Remarkably rich and detailed, Lee's Miserables offers a fresh look at one of the most-studied Civil War armies.
A classic Civil War study$#151;immensely useful to the historian, vigorous and enlightening to the common reader.
Washington Post Book World It is a marvelous and, at times, an overwhelming volume as soldier after soldier speaks directly to the reader.
Civil War Courier [H]as set a new standard, placed the bar a little higher in the study of a Civil War soldier's life.
Charleston Post and Courier One of the finest works ever written on the Army of Northern Virginia.
Civil War History Power•s important study brings a large measure of reality back to their [the Army of Northern Virginia's] story.
A vivid account of life in Robert E. Lee•s Army of Northern Virginia during the final year of the Civil War. Based on more than 1200 letters and diaries written by soldiers.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -450) and index.
About the Author
J. Tracy Power is a historian with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Spring 1864
1. The Wilderness and Spotsylvania, May 1864
2. Spotsylvania, the North Anna, and Cold Harbor, May-June 1864
3. Cold Harbor to Petersburg, June 1864
4. The Shenandoah Valley, to Washington, and Back, June-August 1864
5. The Siege of Petersburg and the Crater, June-July 1864
6. The Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, and Cedar Creek, August-December 1864
7. The Siege of Petersburg and the Richmond Front: Deep Bottom through Burgess Mill, August-November 1864
8. The Petersburg-Richmond Front, Winter Quarters, and Hatcher's Run, November 1864-February 1865
9. The Petersburg-Richmond Front, Fort Stedman, Five Forks, Sailor's Creek, and Appomattox, February-April 1865
10. The Last Hope of the South: The Army of Northern Virginia's Last Year in Retrospect
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