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Last chance for victory : Robert E. Lee and the Gettysburg campaign

Author: Scotty Bowden; Bill Ward
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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Gettysburg is the most written about battle in American military history. Generations after nearly 50,000 soldiers shed their blood there, serious and fundamental misunderstandings persist about Robert E. Lee's generalship during the campaign and battle. Most are the basis of popular myths about the epic fight.Last Chance for Victory: Robert E. Lee and the Gettysburg Campaign addresses these issues by studying Lee's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Robert E Lee; Robert E Lee
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scotty Bowden; Bill Ward
ISBN: 1882810651 9781882810659
OCLC Number: 48543417
Notes: "Originally published by Savas Publishing Company in 2001"--Title page verso.
Awards: "Winner, 2001 Douglas Southall Freeman History Award"--Jacket.
Description: [10], v, [1], 624 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis --
Robert E. Lee and his art of war --
Robert E. Lee and Jeb Stuart --
General Lee concentrates the army around Gettysburg --
Lee and the first day --
General Lee's plans for battle on the second day --
Lee and the second day --
Lee and the third day --
Reflections --
Appendix A: General Lee's January 20, 1864 after-action report of the Gettysburg Campaign --
Appendix B: Order of battle for the Army of Northern Virginia, July 1-3, 1863 --
Appendix C: Order of battle for the Army of the Potomac, July 1-3, 1863.
Other Titles: Robert E. Lee and the Gettysburg campaign
Responsibility: Scott Bowden & Bill Ward.

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