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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Selected pages Page That was because he accepted the fact that the South had lost, and came to the conclusion that the next order of business was for the South to get political power back. Written by a man close to the action for other men close to llngstreet action in the middle of a fight for his reputation that he lost for a long long time.

From Manassas to Appomattox

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 brigade in every battle for both sides which sometimes bogs down the narrative. And his staunchest defenders were always the men who served under him. And most unfortunately once we get to Gettysburg, and then for much of the balance of the book, the desire for score settling becomes a distraction and a bit unseemly.

The narrative of the battles is not anything of real value to a real CW reader.

From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America – James Longstreet – Google Books

Media From Manassas to Appomattox. What makes it unique is that it is not a product of the generation that fought the war who preferred their statues on huge pedestals, remote, distant, frozen forever in stillness. So, it is worth reading Longstreet’s version of events, which help to put the postwar controversies into perspective. I appreciate the fact that he paints Lee as a human being, and not a neo-God; but at the same time he really does nothing to forward his own cause in doing so.


Published March 22nd by Da Capo Press first published Aug 03, Henry rated it really liked it. Return to Applmattox Page.

From Manassas to Appomattox

These actions made him unpopular with many Southerners. A very lengthy and detailed autobiography that does a pretty decent job, overall, go maintaining its neutral stance on things. 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.

But there were long descriptions of battles in between.

But timing is everything in life, and Longstreet failed to notice that this was not the time for this sort of lecture to his people. The book is a bit difficult to get through, at least for the battles I am less familiar with such as Chickamauga and Chattanooga. He makes use of orders of battle and tables of strengths of the appomaattox, and the casualties they took, to supplement the battle narratives.

Hence, if you are interested in gaining a better understanding of “Lee’s Old Warhorse,” this book is an excellent choice, as it is literally straight out of the horse’s mouth. And most u A definite must read for anyone interested in the Manaswas War. His memoirs begin with his service in the Mexican War and subsequently in the west as a fairly junior officer.


He does not mince words when someone faltered or made mistakes. In one sense, Apppmattox avoided this book out of denial. These seniors should be required reading for any future officer entering the military services.

Manasssas – General McLaws, with his own division and that of General RH Anderson, will follow General Longstreet; on reaching Middletown he will take the route to Harper’s Ferry, and by Friday morning possess himself of the Maryland Heights and endeavor to capture the enemy at Harper’s Ferry and vicinity.

Trivia About From Manassas Lognstreet 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.

From Manassas To Appomattox

Thinking of Bragg, I was very amused at the unidentified newspaper which printed upon learning that General Bragg was ordered to Wilmington: Page – We had, I was satisfied, sacred principles to maintain and rights to defend, for which we were in duty bound to do our best, even if we perished in the endeavour.

It is so full of typos and off characters used to make letters that it is just hard to read. I cannot, therefore, meet you with a view to surrender the Army of Northern Virginia: In such event I am authorized to do whatever the result of the proposed appomatttox may render necessary or advisable.