Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

By Michael Korda

New York Times bestselling writer Michael Korda's clean, modern unmarried quantity old biography of normal Robert E. Lee—perhaps the main recognized and least understood legend in American background and one among our such a lot trendy heroes.

Michael Korda, writer of Ulysses S. Grant and the bestsellers Ike and Hero, paints a bright and admiring portrait of Lee as a super normal, a faithful relatives guy, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, but who refused command of the Union military in 1861 simply because he couldn't "draw his sword" opposed to his loved Virginia.

Well-rounded and real looking, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command in the course of the Civil conflict and explores his accountability for the deadly stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as good the numerous troubling controversies nonetheless surrounding it) and eventually, his failed technique for profitable the conflict. As Korda indicates, Lee's dignity, braveness, management, and modesty made him a hero on each side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a respected American icon who's well-known at the present time because the nation's preeminent army leader.

Clouds of Glory positive aspects dozens of wonderful illustrations, a few by no means prior to noticeable, together with twelve pages of colour, twenty-four pages of black-and-white, and approximately fifty in-text conflict maps.

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This outraged the engineers: their team consisted mostly of employed slaves who wanted entry to the castle for water with which to provide cement and mortar, and their own servants have been additionally slaves. A brisk objection on Lee’s half, within the absence of Captain Talcott, escalated right into a “post war,” the type of undesirable emotions among one department of the carrier and one other which may speedy render military existence within the restricted area of a camp or citadel poisonous—a solid lesson for Lee in regards to the significance of firmly fighting this sort of factor, which, as soon as it began, may quickly weaken a military, within which cooperation by means of infantry, cavalry, and engineers was once crucial. the coming of 5 extra businesses, and the exclusion of slaves, made dwelling stipulations within the castle even more crowded and no more cozy, so it truly is possibly now not awesome that once the Lees went domestic for Christmas Mary remained at Arlington for numerous months, whereas her husband endured his tasks at fortress Monroe via himself. As for the rebellion, Lee may have after all heard concerning the bloody information whilst the officials who have been despatched to Southampton County again. He reassured his spouse's mother that “much mischief” was once avoided by way of confusion over the date of the uprising—a connection with Nat Turner’s misreading of the eclipses and his bad communications together with his closest collaborators—and additional, “It used to be ascertained that they used their spiritual assemblies, which should were dedicated to larger reasons, for forming and maturing their plans. ” a similar inspiration additionally happened to the Virginia legislature, which fast handed strict legislation opposed to instructing slaves and freed blacks to learn and write, and requiring a white clergyman to be current at any black non secular assembly. even though his good attempt to calm any fears Mrs. Custis may need for the protection of her daughter, in spite of the fact that, Lee has been defined as “profoundly involved” approximately it, as each southerner was once. Lee used to be by no means, via any stretch of the mind's eye, an fanatic for slavery, really the type of slavery that used to be being practiced by means of the “Cotton Kings” within the “deep South,” yet his emotions at the topic have been firmly held and remained remarkably constant. Like many southerners, Lee disliked slavery no longer lots for its results for the slaves as for its influence on whites. He outlined his view very accurately in a letter to Mary a few 20 years later: “In this enlightened age, there are few i feel, yet what is going to recognize, that slavery as establishment, is an ethical and political evil in any kingdom. it really is lifeless to expatiate on its negative aspects. i feel it despite the fact that a better evil to the white guy than to the black race, & whereas my emotions are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are extra robust for the previous. The blacks are immeasurably at an advantage the following than in Africa, morally, socially & bodily. The painful self-discipline they're present process, is important for his or her guide as a race, & i'm hoping will arrange & cause them to greater issues.

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