Jubal by Charles C. Osborne
The Life and Times of General A. Early, C S A, Defender of the Lost Cause

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The life story of one of the Civil War's most combative, assertive, and controversial generals examines his role in the successes and failures of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

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Published October 1, 1992 by Algonquin Books. 560 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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While Osborne demonstrates that Early was an effective Civil War battlefield commander, pointing out Early's key roles in such victories as Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, he doesn't neglect his subject's many failings as a man and as a military leader.

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Conceding that Union material superiority was so great by 1864 that no one was likely to have performed any more effectively than Early, Osborne stresses the general's egocentricity and bitter, sardonic personality, traits that increasingly sapped his confidence and diminished his capacity to wor...

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