Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War by Burke DavisOne of the reasons that I like to read, is that you are there, whether it be under the ocean in a submarine, walking with Moses during the Exodus, or traveling through foreign lands, or in this instance, on the war torn battle-fields with General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia during their struggles and the campaigns against the Union soldiers during The (not so) Civil War. And Burke Daviss account is not a disappointment at all. You are there, with every Struggle,and disappointment, you experience death, heartbreak, loss, Victory and defeat. his descriptions are so poignant, compassion and deep feelings, I was so humbled I had to stop reading in silence, and ask in prayer to our most heavenly father how can inflict so much horror and destruction on each other.
Using eye-witness accounts and his broad knowledge of history to introduce you to General Robert E. Lee, the flawed and the brilliance, his loving compassion for his fellow man, and his unerring faith in God and his undying faith in the majesty of our Lord and Savior. He was and is now considered one of the great Generals in American Military history. A daring Strategist, brilliant and daring in his offensive tactics, and second to none at the defensive. A Southern Gentleman by all accounts by friends and foe, who never waivered from his personal convictions, of honor and his integrity. Hampered by the President of the CSA, Jefferson Dav is in interferring in day to day operations until March of 1865 when it was much too late.
Resigning from the United States Army must have been one of hardest things for him to do and then take up the sword in Virginias defense must of been devastating for him. Drawing his sword and taking the field was probably the most dis-service that he could have done to the South, by prolonging the final results for by all accounts by at least two years or more. This is only Conjecture on my part, I believe if he would had accepted the Commanding General of the Union Army the war would of been over alot quicker and would have been more humane and kinder to the south. Lee did with a depleted Command that the Generals of the north could not do with plenty including Grant. Lee Had an uncanny way of anticipating his apponents next move and acting on it without evidence and then proved right. Grant was also good General Who realized that he possessed unlimited man-power, provissions and materials and that what Gen. Lee lost in man-power and provissions could not replaced. Gen. Grant had an added influx of man-power by recruiting and enlisting the recently ammancipated slaves and free men of color, He also crippled Lee and the South by discontiuing prisoner exchanges. At the end even taking POWs was a strain on the Lee because he had to feed them when his own army was starving.
To really appreciate the struggles of the South and the Army of Northern Virginia I would like to recommend reading:
April 1865 The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik.
Jefferson Davis Confederate President by Hudson Strode
American Civil War Facts: General Robert E. Lee - Educational Videos - Cartoon Biography
Instead, he served seventeen years as an officer in the Corps of Engineers, supervising and inspecting the construction of the nation's coastal defenses. Service during the war with Mexico, however, changed that. Lee declined and tendered his resignation from the army when the state of Virginia seceded on April 17, arguing that he could not fight against his own people.
Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee served as a military officer in the U. In June , Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia, which he would lead for the rest of the war. Lee and his army achieved great success during the Peninsula Campaign and at Second Bull Run Mansassas and Fredericksburg, with his greatest victory coming in the bloody Battle of Chancellorsville. In the spring of , Lee invaded the North, only to be defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg. Grant in a series of clashes in Virginia in before finally surrendering what was left of his army in April Lee has been praised by many for his tactical brilliance, and remains a revered figure in the American South.
Who Was Robert E. Lee?
Robert E. Lee came to military prominence during the U. Civil War, commanding his home state's armed forces and becoming general-in-chief of the Confederate forces toward the end of the conflict.
When Virginia's Richmond Convention declared secession from the Union , Lee chose to follow his home state, despite his desire for the country to remain intact and an offer of a senior Union command. Once he took command of the Army of Northern Virginia in , he soon emerged as an able tactician and battlefield commander, winning most of his battles, nearly all against far larger Union armies. Lee's two major strategic offensives into Union territory ended in defeat. Lee surrendered the remnant of his army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9,
General Robert E. Lee Library of Congress. Robert E. Lee summary: Confederate General Robert E. Lee is perhaps the most iconic and most widely respected of all Civil War commanders.
Robert E. In February he was given command of all the Southern armies. On both sides, Robert E. His father, Col. Despite his aristocratic connections, Lee lacked the advantages of wealth as a boy.