The Heroes of the Lost Cause: The Lives and Legacies of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and JEB Stuart by Charles River Editors

The Heroes of the Lost Cause: The Lives and Legacies of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and JEB…

byCharles River Editors

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*Includes pictures of each general and important people, places, and events in their lives.*Includes a Bibliography on each man for further reading.*Includes a Table of ContentsIn 1867, Edward Pollard, an editor for a Richmond newspaper, published The Lost Cause, championing his voluminous book as a New Southern history of the war. Pollards work poignantly reflected the sentiments of unrepentant rebels clinging to their ideology. Pollard explicitly explained the motivation behind what he termed the Lost Cause. Although the South had lost the Civil War, he argued that the South could still wage and win the war of ideas. Henceforth, the Lost Cause remembered the Confederacy and their leaders as a doomed cause that was justly and heroically fought for by noble, chivalrous, virtuous men. The ideal Southern soldier, of course, was the Marble Man. With the exception of George Washington, perhaps the most famous general in American history is Robert E. Lee (January 19, 1807 October 12, 1870), despite the fact he led the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia against the Union in the Civil War. As the son of U.S. Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, and a relative of Martha Custis Washington, Lee was imbued with a strong sense of honor and duty from the beginning. And as a top graduate of West Point, Lee had distinguished himself so well before the Civil War that President Lincoln asked him to command the entire Union Army. Lee famously declined, serving his home state of Virginia instead after it seceded.Nobody personified the virtuous Christian soldier of the Lost Cause quite like Thomas Jonathan Jackson, who became one of the most famous generals of the Civil War, even if many of the people he continues to fascinate probably dont remember his whole name. Thats because Jackson earned his famous Stonewall moniker at the First Battle of Manassas or Bull Run, when Brigadier-General Bee told his brigade to rally behind Jackson, whose men were standing like a stone wall. Ironically, its still unclear whether that was a compliment for standing strong or an insult for not moving his brigade, but the nickname stuck for the brigade and the general. Alongside Lee, no one epitomized the chivalry and heroism celebrated by the Lost Cause more than JEB Stuart (1833-1864), the most famous cavalry officer of the Civil War. Stuart was equal parts great and grandiose, leading the cavalry for the Confederacy in Lees Army of Northern Virginia until his death at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in May 1864. Stuart was a throwback to the past, colorfully dressing with capes, sashes, and an ostrich plumed hat, while sporting cologne and a heavy beard. But he was also brilliant in conducting reconnaissance, and he proved capable of leading both cavalry and infantry at battles like Chancellorsville. As the eyes and ears of Robert E. Lee's army, none were better, despite the fact that he was only in his late 20s and early 30s during the Civil War, far younger than most men of senior rank. The Heroes of the Lost Cause chronicles the lives, battles, and legacies of the Confederacy's most famous and popular generals, while humanizing the men whose legends have often obscured the fact that they were mere mortals. Along with pictures of Lee, Jackson, Stuart and other important people, places and events in their lives, you will learn about the icons of the Lost Cause like you never have before, in no time at all.
Title:The Heroes of the Lost Cause: The Lives and Legacies of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and JEB…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 24, 2012Publisher:Charles River EditorsLanguage:English

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