MILITARY MEMOIRS OF A CONFEDERATE: A Critical Narrative


MILITARY MEMOIRS OF A CONFEDERATE: A Critical Narrative

GENERAL E. P. ALEXANDER    Book Number: 85377    Product format: Paperback

'The raison d'être of the following pages is not at all to set forth the valour of Confederate army nor the skill of Confederate generals...' Instead what we have here is the best critique of the operations of the Army of Northern Virginia. 'If I don't come and bear my part, they will believe me to be a coward. And I shall not know whether I am or not. I just have got to go and stand my chances.' Hearing that his home state Georgia had declared its secession with those words, 2nd Lieutenant Edward Porter Alexander resigned his commission in the US Army and left to join the Confederates. Over the four years that followed he would play an important role in many of the greatest battles of the conflict, notably under Maj. Gen. James Longstreet and Gen. Robert E. Lee. At the outbreak of hostilities in 1861, although the Confederates had established an army, modelled after that of the Union, its organisation was almost non-existent, as was a wider infrastructure. Similarly comprised of volunteers and later conscripts, as the war progressed, various reforms and reorganisations were enacted in a gradual development of the Confederacy's war machine. Despite its title, Alexander's work also serves as a critique of each campaign, highlighting the good plays and the bad, the moves that influenced the outcome, and a suggestion that might have altered the course of history. Here is Gettysburg, Seminary Ridge and the retreat over Cemetery Hill, and details of statistics of 24,000 men engaged in battle under hostile guns. 'Many men already half understood McClellan, but Lee alone had read him thoroughly and speculated boldly upon the knowledge.' Beautifully written, 538pp in paperback.
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