Lee and His Generals in War and Memory by Gary W. GallagherGary W. Gallagher examines Robert E. Lee, his principal subordinates, the treatment they have received in the literature on Confederate military history, and the continuing influence of Lost Cause arguments in the late-twentieth-century United States. Historical images of Lee and his lieutenants were shaped to a remarkable degree by the reminiscences and other writings of ex-Confederates who formulated what became known as the Lost Cause interpretation of the conflict. Gallagher adeptly highlights the chasm that often separates academic and popular perceptions of the Civil War and discusses some of the ways in which the Lost Cause continues to resonate.
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Lee and His Generals in War and Memory
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Gary W. Lee and His Generals in War and Memory. Reviewed by Phyllis F. Gary Gallagher is well known as one of the most prolific and productive military historians of the Confederate military experience. In this, his sixteenth book either authored or edited, he brings together thirteen of his essays, eleven of which have been previously published. While such collections often lack thematic unity, this is not the case here. Nearly all of these essays in one way or another are a tempered response to the breakup of the Lost Cause interpretation of Confederate military history.