From Manassas To Appomattox has ratings and 35 reviews. General James Longstreet is one of the most controversial figures of the American Civil War. This on-line edition of Lieutenant-General James Longstreet’s memoirs is based directly on the second edition published by Lippincott, Philadelphia. User Review – Flag as inappropriate. Google mistakenly placed a picture of JEB Stuart instead of James Longstreet at the front of the scanned file. User Review.
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He has been called stubborn and fron and he has been lauded as one of the greatest tacticians of th General Longstrewt Longstreet is one of the most controversial figures of the American Civil War. Mabassas has been called stubborn and vain; and he has been lauded as one of the greatest tacticians of the Civil War.
All agree, however, that Longstreet was not only a dependable fighter but completely devoted to Robert E. Lee, who relied on him the most out of all his officers. He acquitted himself bravely in many of the war’s bloodiest battles, including those at Antietam, Chickamauga, and the Wilderness.
And his staunchest defenders were always the men who served under him. Longstreet’s memoirs reflect the combative style of the old soldier. Their tremendous historical interest lies manassaw only in his personal account of the progress of the Civil War, and in the many fascinating anecdotes about Lee and his logstreet, but in the insight they afford into the mind and character of one of the longstreet and most loyal of southern generals.
Paperbackpages. Published March 22nd by Da Capo Press first published United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about From Manassas To Appomattoxplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about From Manassas To Appomattox. Lists with This Book. Aug 09, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unjustifiably trashed by the Lee groupies, “Old Pete” was reliable on both sides of appomattkx ball.
Sep 12, James M. It’s a great read but you’d better have your Civil War Battle maps with you because Longstreet goes into great detail about the deployment, maneuver and disposition of every manasas in every battle for both sides which sometimes bogs down the narrative. Apr 25, Lance Kinzer rated it really liked it.
A definite applmattox read for anyone interested in the Civil War. Full of fascinating insights, the book is a true treasure trove of information on numerous aspects of the war. That said, and even as someone highly sympathetic to Longstreet, the book does suffer from some weaknesses. At times he becomes manadsas down in order of battle issues that can easily be gleaned from other sources, while neglecting to give us the kind of unique and personal insight he is so well positioned to provide.
And most u A definite must read for anyone interested in the Civil War. And most unfortunately once we get to Gettysburg, and then for much of the balance of the appkmattox, the desire for score settling becomes a distraction and a bit unseemly.
All of this is understandable as there is no question Longstreet was poorly treated by many offer the war, but none the less this work suffers from his desire for self justification. Still, the book is endlessly fascinating for what it teaches about the conduct of longstreer war, the manner in which strategic and tactical deductions of monumental import were made, and the personality and character of one of this seminal war’s greatest Generals.
Jul 01, Aaron Crofut rated it liked it Shelves: It was decent, though I would more highly recommend Alexander’s work. Unfortunately, Longstreet often comes off sounding defensive, which he undoubtedly was.
His personal account at Appomattox makes it worth reading, as he wasn’t with Lee but with the troops awaiting word. ,anassas
His reunion with Grant is touching if you can picture longstreet. I do wish we could know more about what was going on in his head during this horrific events. While not entirely detached and clinical, his accounts really leave me wond It was decent, though I would more highly recommend Alexander’s work.
While not entirely detached and clinical, his accounts really leave me wondering what he was feeling during these battles and the aftermath. Could they really be so comfortable with death? Mar 21, Johnny rated it really liked kames Shelves: For years, this has been one of those books I was going to get to.
From Manassas To Appomattox by James Longstreet
I suppose it was a recent trip to Gettysburg that spurred me to finally crack the dingy-looking pages of a bookstore special, the memoirs of General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox.
There is a raw power to this material that sometimes overwhelms. There is self-interest in this account, an alibi-intensive recounting, that sometimes pervades the narrative, but there is also that sense of helplessness, of waste, that s For years, this has been one of those books I was going to get to.
There is self-interest in this account, an alibi-intensive recounting, that sometimes pervades the narrative, but there is also that sense of helplessness, of waste, that surrounds the account. In one sense, I avoided jamex book out of denial.
Longstreet was a Confederate general. Since my own ancestors lived in the mountains of Georgia at the time, I somehow sensed that I would incur a certain amount of guilt in the reading. I know this is illogical. In wargames, using map-like boards on table-tops, moving miniature figures across model railroad-like terrain, and commanding troops on my computer screen, I never sensed that I was giving in to the darker mmanassas of my heritage.
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It was close enough to learn, but not close enough to be locked into the perspective of the time. And, personally, it often felt like Longstreet was very quick to pass the blame or conversely, to claim credit. These memoirs contain some interesting suggestions. Fgom devices were apparently successful as a group of Federal cavalry are reputed to have set them off and taken casualties p.
Do you remember stories and pictures about barefoot Confederate soldiers? Longstreet seemed inordinately interested in the third horse shot out from under General D. Hill on the first appimattox of Antietam. Lee, Longstreet, and some others were reconnoitering from the crest of a hillside on foot while D.
Hill was riding on horseback.
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Longstreet states that he asked Hill to ride a bit aside from them lest he draw fire on the whole group. Even then, when Hill was having trouble extricating himself, Longstreet makes the suggestion of how he could get loose p.
Did you ever think about how security was handled in that pre-shredder era? The copy sent me was carefully read, then used as some persons use a little cut of tobacco, to be assured that others could not have the benefit of its content.
In a testament to the times, Longstreet cannot resist preaching a sermon comparing the situation with the conquest of Israel. This excerpt demonstrates how pervasive Biblical allusions were—even in such violent times and in support of a reprehensible institution slavery. Ever wonder at military lessons to be learned from reading old battle accounts?
In this case, the Confederate infantry were under the command of a cavalry general near Hagerstown, MD.
Some of the history recounted in this volume was unknown to me. I had forgotten that General Braxton Bragg, after ignoring the advice of his subordinates and failing to follow through on his orders was relieved of command at Dalton, GA, President Davis called him to Richmond as commander-in-chief p.
It was rather unnerving to see this action take place where a general apppomattox kept snatching defeat from the jaws of victory could countermand the orders of more efficient officers pp. Thinking of Bragg, I was very amused at the unidentified newspaper which printed upon learning that General Bragg was ordered to Wilmington: Lincoln told the general that neither Jefferson Davis, General Lee, or himself would ever get amnesty. The book took me a long time to read.
It was a lot to take in and required a bit of map study and correlation with other sources. From Manassas to Appomattox Memoirs of The Civil War in America From Manassas To Appomattox The war of northern aggression…the War between the States…the Civil War…call it what you will, the conflict that took more American lives than any other war and more than almost all of our other wars combined, changed appojattox United States from a collection of, mostly independent, states into a nation.
Without the Civil War, the history of this continent would have been vastly different. For the record, I am a s From Manassas to Appomattox Memoirs of The Civil War in America From Manassas To Appomattox The war of northern aggression…the War between the States…the Civil War…call it what you will, the conflict that took more American lives than any other war and more than almost all of our other wars combined, changed the United States from a collection of, mostly independent, states into a nation.
For the record, I am a southerner, born in Georgia. I am not an apologist for slavery ffom the plantation society that appomattoxx the south of the 19th century one of the richest places on earth at the expense of the terrible bondage of other human beings.
There is no doubt that many of the rank and file felt that they were fighting for freedom from the aggression of the Federal government, intent on preserving the union of states. Most southerners, in fact, did not own slaves. Full of details and descriptive accounts of the movements of troops, battles and statistics Longstreet takes the reader backstage, into private meetings and strategy sessions with Lee and other generals as they planned campaigns and fought to stave off their eventual defeat.
His memoirs begin with his service in the Mexican War and subsequently in the west as a fairly junior officer. When war breaks out, he and a number of other officers, resign their commissions to return home and fight for their native state country.
In addition to gaining a better understanding of the strategies and battlefield conflicts, Longstreet give us a rare, eyewitness view of the personalities involved, from his perspective. To many at the apomattox, it was impossible that Robert E.
Lee, who had been elevated to almost god-like status, could have made mistakes. Instead, some found a scapegoat in Longstreet, claiming that he had not carried out orders aggressively enough or had failed to carry them ja,es at all.
Longstreet goes to great lengths to provide letters and documentation, many from Lee himself, to prove that his actions were in strict accordance with orders and with the military protocols of the day.
The truth was that many of his detractors were covering their own failings and culpability for the loss of the war. In the end, the discussion of responsibility for the loss of the war is moot. The south was destined to lose, as long as slavery was an accepted institution authorized by the government and as long as the north had the will to fight on and incur the significant losses in men and material the south inflicted on them. Certainly, when Ulysses Grant took command froj union forces, the war became maanassas war of attrition.