Robert E. Lee at War:

The Mind and Method of a Great American Soldier

“The presence of the enemy in front of the capital, the great interests involved, and the existence of all that is dear to us appeal in terms too strong to be unheard, and [General Lee] feels assured that every man has resolved to…Conquer or Die in the approaching contest. ”
General Robert E. Lee, Special Orders, No. 22, June 1, 1862

From award-winning author Scott Bowden comes a ground-breaking new work: Robert E. Lee at War: The Mind and Method of a Great American Soldier.  In this multi-volume series, Bowden does not merely recount what happened on the battlefield, but goes further to analyze why Lee made command decisions and how they were influenced by his knowledge of history and the military art. It is an unprecedented investigation of the military mind of the man that many believe was America’s greatest general.

What were Lee’s original plans in each campaign? How and when were these modified?

What driving factors—outside his army and within—influenced Lee’s strategic, operational and battlefield decisions? Bowden answers these questions with fresh insights based on rigorous research.

The new volume, Hope Arises from Despair, will address the titanic struggle for Richmond in the Seven Days Campaign of 1862 between Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. In addition to an analysis of this decisive campaign, Bowden will provide an in-depth study of the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of Lee’s generalship.


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