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General Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest generals to have ever lived. Although having fought for the slave-trading South during the American Civil War he was, and still is, regarded as a superb tactician and leader of men by both North and South. General Lee, written by his nephew and fellow soldier, Fitzhugh Lee, takes the reader to the heart of Lee’s life, f General Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest generals to have ever lived. Although having fought for the slave-trading South during the American Civil War he was, and still is, regarded as a superb tactician and leader of men by both North and South. General Lee, written by his nephew and fellow soldier, Fitzhugh Lee, takes the reader to the heart of Lee’s life, from his family origins to his early career in the military as he became a military engineer and fought in the Mexican-American War. Through access to numerous unpublished letters and accounts Fitzhugh Lee provides fascinating insight into his uncle’s military genius throughout the American Civil War, from the Seven Days Battle to Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville to Gettysburg, right through until his eventual surrender to Grant in 1865. “General Lee remains a valuable book for students of Lee and his campaigns as well as those interested in southern efforts to write a military history of the Confederacy.” Gary W. Gallagher “Much solid narrative, interspersed with letters previously unpublished.” Douglas Southall Freeman Fitzhugh Lee was a Confederate cavalry general in the American Civil War and a United States Army general in the Spanish-American War. He also served as a diplomat for the United States and as the 40th Governor of Virginia. Along with General Lee which was published in 1894 he also wrote Cuba's Struggle Against Spain in 1899. He passed away in 1905.


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General Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest generals to have ever lived. Although having fought for the slave-trading South during the American Civil War he was, and still is, regarded as a superb tactician and leader of men by both North and South. General Lee, written by his nephew and fellow soldier, Fitzhugh Lee, takes the reader to the heart of Lee’s life, f General Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest generals to have ever lived. Although having fought for the slave-trading South during the American Civil War he was, and still is, regarded as a superb tactician and leader of men by both North and South. General Lee, written by his nephew and fellow soldier, Fitzhugh Lee, takes the reader to the heart of Lee’s life, from his family origins to his early career in the military as he became a military engineer and fought in the Mexican-American War. Through access to numerous unpublished letters and accounts Fitzhugh Lee provides fascinating insight into his uncle’s military genius throughout the American Civil War, from the Seven Days Battle to Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville to Gettysburg, right through until his eventual surrender to Grant in 1865. “General Lee remains a valuable book for students of Lee and his campaigns as well as those interested in southern efforts to write a military history of the Confederacy.” Gary W. Gallagher “Much solid narrative, interspersed with letters previously unpublished.” Douglas Southall Freeman Fitzhugh Lee was a Confederate cavalry general in the American Civil War and a United States Army general in the Spanish-American War. He also served as a diplomat for the United States and as the 40th Governor of Virginia. Along with General Lee which was published in 1894 he also wrote Cuba's Struggle Against Spain in 1899. He passed away in 1905.

30 review for General Lee: A Biography of Robert E. Lee

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gerry Kelly

    Written by Lee's nephew, Fitzhugh Lee who fought in many battles with his famous uncle. A great work chronicling the life of Robert E. Lee. Recommended reading for those interested in the "old south", General Robert E. Lee, the Civil War and life in the early 19th century. A Written by Lee's nephew, Fitzhugh Lee who fought in many battles with his famous uncle. A great work chronicling the life of Robert E. Lee. Recommended reading for those interested in the "old south", General Robert E. Lee, the Civil War and life in the early 19th century. A

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter F Stephens

    A Great Story Buy this book for some high schooler and spark a passion for History. Recommended for middle school, high school, even college. The contents is college level but the writing level is clear and simple. Classic story of a true American hero; truth, justice, and the American way. I wish there were books like this when I went to high school.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Robert E. Lee's nephew writes a brilliant biography with keen insights not only on his uncle's personal life, but his military life and tactics as well, as Fitzhugh Lee served himself as a Major General in both the Confederate and later United States Army. Robert E. Lee's nephew writes a brilliant biography with keen insights not only on his uncle's personal life, but his military life and tactics as well, as Fitzhugh Lee served himself as a Major General in both the Confederate and later United States Army.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Great read but can be difficult to follow I liked the book but following the battles if not in a good memory of which officers fought on which side it can slow the reading. The best part of the book wad the closing days of the war and hos service and contributions during those last five years of his life. Lee was a brilliant and honest man with great integrity. He know slavery had been a mistake but was compelled to fight for the sovereignty of the Commonwealth as he saw that it had been intended Great read but can be difficult to follow I liked the book but following the battles if not in a good memory of which officers fought on which side it can slow the reading. The best part of the book wad the closing days of the war and hos service and contributions during those last five years of his life. Lee was a brilliant and honest man with great integrity. He know slavery had been a mistake but was compelled to fight for the sovereignty of the Commonwealth as he saw that it had been intended by the founding fathers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael A. Simmons, Sr.

    By far the best bio of Lee Written by his nephew Fitzhugh Lee, this book brings a human dimension to a great General. A must read for modern armchair historians who think that Lee should have been tried for treason after the War of Northern Aggression. A successful US Army officer who after much introspection and anguish chose to place his allegiance with his home state of Virginia. The Lee family has a long history of service to their country both before and after the tragic war between our coun By far the best bio of Lee Written by his nephew Fitzhugh Lee, this book brings a human dimension to a great General. A must read for modern armchair historians who think that Lee should have been tried for treason after the War of Northern Aggression. A successful US Army officer who after much introspection and anguish chose to place his allegiance with his home state of Virginia. The Lee family has a long history of service to their country both before and after the tragic war between our countrymen.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    I am disappointed with this book. It is less a biography and more a rambling of events during the civil war. I was hoping Fitzhugh Lee would have focused entirely on Lee the man as he is directly related to him. There are some good insights early on into his personnel life, chapter I, but it then. Immediately goes into the war. I did enjoy reading chapters II and III which describes West Point and Lee’s academic success. However, I would have liked to learn a lot more about his family and early I am disappointed with this book. It is less a biography and more a rambling of events during the civil war. I was hoping Fitzhugh Lee would have focused entirely on Lee the man as he is directly related to him. There are some good insights early on into his personnel life, chapter I, but it then. Immediately goes into the war. I did enjoy reading chapters II and III which describes West Point and Lee’s academic success. However, I would have liked to learn a lot more about his family and early life not just another Civil War book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Golik

    Slow moving book.detail oriented . many interesting tidbits you do not readin history. General Lee was such a religious person and a family person.. After reading this book , I can not understand why they took his statue down .

  8. 5 out of 5

    James L. Hinkle

    Great Book It was a great book to read about a great man Robert E Lee. The best leader during the civil war

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    interesting post mortem (literally) by Fitzhugh Lee, a nephew of R.E., since Lee died just 5 years after the war and probably never would have written down his thoughts anyway. Interesting because it is a "period" piece, with content intended to put the family, the state of Virginia, slavery, the motivations for the South in the war, etc., in a rational light to show their virtue. For example, slavery was OK because they were civilizing the Africans and bringing them into Christianity, which the interesting post mortem (literally) by Fitzhugh Lee, a nephew of R.E., since Lee died just 5 years after the war and probably never would have written down his thoughts anyway. Interesting because it is a "period" piece, with content intended to put the family, the state of Virginia, slavery, the motivations for the South in the war, etc., in a rational light to show their virtue. For example, slavery was OK because they were civilizing the Africans and bringing them into Christianity, which the author explains as a long process that could take millienia to do correctly, which is compares to Christ's legacy with the church, i.e., he died 2000 years ago and yet "Christianizing" the world is still a work in progress 2000 years later. Proof that we need to be vigilant about examining our own cultural beliefs at all times!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brad Veach

    General Lee was a truly remarkable man, made most manifest in his humility and unsurpassed diligence in attending to the needs of others. This man had a firm foundation and he accepted Gods will regardless of the outcome and only sought to do his duty. If you want to learn more about one of America's finest men, read this book. On another note, this is a wonderful book for any civil war history buff to come in contact with loads of first hand accounts from both General Lee and the author himself General Lee was a truly remarkable man, made most manifest in his humility and unsurpassed diligence in attending to the needs of others. This man had a firm foundation and he accepted Gods will regardless of the outcome and only sought to do his duty. If you want to learn more about one of America's finest men, read this book. On another note, this is a wonderful book for any civil war history buff to come in contact with loads of first hand accounts from both General Lee and the author himself.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenalyn

    This was not the biography I was hoping for of Robert E. Lee. Written by his nephew, it is a step by step recounting of the Civil War and extremely interesting nevertheless. I recommend highlighters, lists of the Confederate and Union Generals, and Google to make sense of all of the military officers of the war. The reader must forgive the author of his relentless adulation of the General. I would like to read the Union's version of the battles. This was not the biography I was hoping for of Robert E. Lee. Written by his nephew, it is a step by step recounting of the Civil War and extremely interesting nevertheless. I recommend highlighters, lists of the Confederate and Union Generals, and Google to make sense of all of the military officers of the war. The reader must forgive the author of his relentless adulation of the General. I would like to read the Union's version of the battles.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard Myers

    Great book! The author General Fitzhugh Lee goes into detail on every battle of the war and gives great insight into what Lee was thinking about during those times.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Written by a family member. Good book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    my copy is actually a 1961 copyright version.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Arsis

  16. 5 out of 5

    CC

  17. 5 out of 5

    John C, Engelman

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul Vivoni

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    Farrell Dancer

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara McCambridge

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