Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda's fresh, contemporary single volume historical biography of General Robert E. Lee—perhaps the most famous and least understood legend in American history and one of our most admired heroes.
Michael Korda, author of Ulysses S. Grant and the bestsellers Ike and Hero, paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia.
Well-rounded and realistic, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as well the many troubling controversies still surrounding it) and ultimately, his failed strategy for winning the war. As Korda shows, Lee's dignity, courage, leadership, and modesty made him a hero on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line and a revered American icon who is recognized today as the nation's preeminent military leader.
Clouds of Glory features dozens of stunning illustrations, some never before seen, including twelve pages of color, twenty-four pages of black-and-white, and nearly fifty in-text battle maps.
Camp life. It is also possible that despite those discomforts he was glad to be back in the field, but one gets from his letters home a sense of the extreme misery of the troops, as well as the difficulty of holding the Confederate positions in northwestern Virginia against the superior strength of the Union forces, and the hostility of the local population. Lee is always very frank about the war in his letters to Mary and to his daughters, and makes no attempt to varnish the truth. The.
Converging fire shown in the drawing were never achieved, but Lee could not simply disengage and allow the Federals to retreat to safety. His entire army was poised to attack, and Lee was confident that if pushed home hard enough, the attack would break the Union line, bringing about a headlong, panicked flight, a rout. He was certain that his men’s spirit, dash, and bravery would achieve what his artillery could not, and if he believed it, his men would too. This is the side of Lee’s character.
Anderson, as they listened to the sound of firing. “I ought to have heard from him long before now. He may have met with disaster, but I hope not. In the absence of reports from him, I am in ignorance as to what we have in front of us here. It may be the whole Federal army, it may be only a detachment. If it is the whole Federal force, we must fight a battle here. If we do not gain a victory, those defiles and gorges which we passed will shelter us from disaster.” Anderson, in his account of.
Quickly than Lee could, and that if he pushed forward constantly, day after day and never let up the pressure, Lee’s casualties would eventually become unsustainable—it was a simple question of mathematics. In addition, Sherman’s march through Georgia to the sea would inevitably cut off Lee’s supplies from the great southern agricultural heartland, so the Army of Northern Virginia would eventually be reduced, surrounded, and starved into submission. It was only a question of time, and Grant was.
Stephen W. Sears, George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon (New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1988), 108–9. 293 “cautious and weak”: Ibid., 180; George B. McClellan to Abraham Lincoln, April 20, 1862, Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress. 293 “There was no hesitation”: A. L. Long, Memoirs of Robert E. Lee (New York: J. M. Stoddard, 1886), 435. 294 “In audacity”: J. F. C. Fuller, Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1933), 267. 294 Lee himself found.