Robert E. Lee By Roy Blount Jr. Viking Penguin, 2003 210 pp. Cloth 19.95 Reviewed by J. Tracy Power, historian at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and author of Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox. In the summer of 1861, just a few months into the Civil War, Mary Boykin Chesnut wondered in her journal if anyone could say that they knew Robert E. Lee. "I doubt it," she answered her own question. "He looks so cold and quiet and grand." He looks cold and quiet and grand in one of the most familiar photographs of him, the one on the cover of this book, the one Mathew Brady took in Richmond four years later--just a week after Appomattox. When Chesnut asked and answered her question, Lee, then still relatively unknown, was not yet the "General Lee" who would become the hope of the Confederacy a year later, much less the "Marse Robert" of history and legend. One hundred and twenty years later, looking back on dozens of biographies and other books on Lee, his army, and their war, as well as countless treatments of him in
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jun 3, 2006
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