Defeating Lee

Defeating Lee : A History of the Second Corps, Army of the Potomac

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Fair Oaks, the Seven Days, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Petersburg-the list of significant battles fought by the Second Corps, Army of the Potomac, is a long and distinguished one. This absorbing history of the Second Corps follows the unit's creation and rise to prominence, the battles that earned it a reputation for hard fighting, and the legacy its veterans sought to maintain in the years after the Civil War. More than an account of battles, Defeating Lee gets to the heart of what motivated these men, why they fought so hard, and how they sustained a spirited defense of cause and country long after the guns had fallen more

Product details

  • Book | 416 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 26mm | 566.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0253006171
  • 9780253006172
  • 1,653,709

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"Kreiser breathes new life into this most important of Union Army units... A remarkably well-written and superbly researched account." -David E. Long, author of The Jewel of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln's Re-election and the End of Slavery "A handful of black-and-white photographs as well as extensive appendices and notes round out this excellent contribution to Civil War history shelves." -Midwest Book Review "Lawrence Kreiser tells the Second Corps' story with verve and attention to personal as well as bureaucratic details." -Civil War Librarian "The author has an easy to read informative style that made the pages fly. His word portraits make lesser-known names into real people... This is a well-written book with all the items that are expected in a serious history." - "Overall, this is a most worthy effort and should be included in the library of every fan of unit histories." "Attractively organized and well written, Defeating Lee deserves its place as a staple in any library on the Army of the Potomac, large or small." -H-Net Reviews in Humanities & the Social Sciencesshow more

About Lawrence A. Kreiser

Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr., is Associate Professor of History at Stillman College and author (with Ray B. Browne) of Voices of Civil War America: Contemporary Accounts of Daily more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of Abbreviations1. Beginnings: The Organization of the Second Corps2. Apprenticeship: The Peninsula and Maryland Campaigns3. Defeat: The Fredericksburg Campaign4. Pinnacle: The Winter Encampment of 1863 through the Gettysburg Campaign5. Rebuilding: Bristoe Station to Stevensburg6. Carnage: The Overland Campaign7. Victory: The Petersburg and Appomattox Campaigns8. Memories: The Postwar EraAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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