Lee Considered by Alan T. Nolan
General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History

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Of all the heroes produced by the Civil War, Robert E. Lee is the most revered and perhaps the most misunderstood. Lee is widely portrayed as an ardent antisecessionist who left the United States Army only because he would not draw his sword against his native Virginia, a Southern aristocrat who opposed slavery, and a brilliant military leader whose exploits sustained the Confederate cause.

Alan Nolan explodes these and other assumptions about Lee and the war through a rigorous reexamination of familiar and long-available historical sources, including Lee's personal and official correspondence and the large body of writings about Lee. Looking at this evidence in a critical way, Nolan concludes that there is little truth to the dogmas traditionally set forth about Lee and the war.
 

About Alan T. Nolan

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Alan T. Nolan, an Indianapolis lawyer, is author of "#The Iron Brigade", a military history, and "As Sounding Brass", a novel.
 
Published May 15, 1991 by The University of North Carolina Press. 243 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Lawyer and historian Nolan considers how the historical Lee differed from the legends about him.

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An early biographer of Lee wrote that “the Divinity in his bosom shone translucent through the man, and his spirit rose up to the Godlike.” The 1989 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana pronounced Lee “one of the truly gifted commanders of all time…one of the greatest, if not the greatest, soldi...

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