Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Generals - Lee
A powerful, compact biography of Robert E. Lee, focusing on how his intrinsic goodness shaped everything from his battle tactics to his treatment of his troops.
It’s no surprise that Robert E. Lee graduated second in his class from West Point. His four years there were marked by exemplary conduct and nary a demerit. He went on to become one of the most successful generals of the Confederate army during the American Civil War, inspiring his troops with his unselfish character and devotion to duty. Lee’s string of victories earned him praise on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. He was admired for his tactical success in battle, and even after surrendering to Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomatox court house, his example of conduct for thousands of ex-Confederates made him a legend. After the war, he assumed the presidency of Washington College and devoted the remainder of his life to setting an example of conduct. He remains one of the most distinguished military heroes of all time.
I wish this book had been available last year when my boys had been studying the Civil War. History books are so one dimensional in their presentation of General Lee. John Perry presents General Lee from a broad panoramic view that allows you to see him as more than a General, but as a man who very much loved God and his country. He loved the state which he was raised in and therefore ultimately went to war because of his love of that state instead of commitment to the south.
Your appreciation for this man will grow as you read about his years of growing up, going to West Point, getting married, serving his country and ultimately assuming the presidency of Washington College.
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