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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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.

He recounts his participation in some of its most important battles—Manassas, Antietam, Chickamauga, and, most significantly from the standpoint of his reputation, Gettysburg. So, it is worth reading Longstreet’s version of events, which help to put the postwar controversies into perspective. Page – 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.

Longstreet makes no substantial mention of this. Longstreet’s recollections of events aren’t always correct, and are also colored by controversies from both during the war and afterward.

All maanssas this is understandable as there is no question Longstreet was poorly treated by many offer the war, but none the less this work suffers from his desire for maassas justification. Most of the eastern battles, I was able to follow along with fairly well because I have been to these sites and have a general feel for the area and the battles as they were fought. I do recommend A fascinating book, although a somewhat slow read due to the language of the 19th century. Jul 01, Aaron Crofut rated it liked it Shelves: How do we get the picture corrected?


Longstreet’s memoirs reflect the combative style of the old soldier.

From Manassas To Appomattox

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Longstreet’s prose is clear and readable, and he avoids the flowery language longstdeet overabundance of allusions that muddy other period writers’ accounts.

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And his staunchest defenders were always the men who served under him. There is self-interest in this account, an alibi-intensive recounting, that sometimes pervades the narrative, but there is also that sense of helplessness, of jamee, that s For years, this has been one of those books I was going to get to.

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Having saved orders and letters certainly lends credit to what he’s saying but in the end he just seems Good chronicle of the First Corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. Considering how long and bloody the American Civil War was, a grand battle that completely ended it seems like a flight of fancy. If you don’t already have a pretty good background of Civil War knowledge, I really recommend doing additional reading to supplement this volume, to fill in Longstreet’s gaps, errors, or obfuscations.

The biography reads like a history book, it gives a firsthand narrative of the war from someone who saw it everyth An excellent work chronicling the events of the War of Northern Aggression and specifically the Army of Northern Virginia to which Gen. An excellent tactician, he is somewhat self deprecating in several parts, he doesn’t make himself out to be a hero and he isn’t out for glory.

Both the honor and jealousy of many who served with him, both Confederate and Union, are fairly covered. Unless the reader is a hardcore biography fan, this work should be treated more as a reference. It is so full of typos and off characters used to make letters that longstreeh is just hard to read.


His memoirs begin with his service in the Mexican War and subsequently in the west as a fairly junior officer. Sep 21, David rated it liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads longsfreet. As General Longstreet played such an important role in the Civil War, his detailed, well-researched, and controversial memoirs play an important role in recounting the history of the Civil War.

From Manassas to Appomattox

It comes across as honest, sincere, and fair. A very lengthy and detailed autobiography that does a pretty decent job, overall, at maintaining its neutral stance on things. Apr 25, Lance Kinzer rated it really liked it. In this case, the Confederate infantry were under the command of a cavalry general near Hagerstown, MD.

May 08, Don Heiman rated it it was amazing. Popular passages Page – The results of the last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of the Army of Northern Virginia in this struggle. No trivia or quizzes yet.

There is something deeply revealing in what a person chooses to write about themselves and I love the psychological challenge of figuring out who they might be. Lee in several postwar writings. He was fond of the picturesque. Aug 01, Jeffrey rated it liked it. For the record, I am a southerner, born in Georgia. More and more, I realize that the history that interests me the most is social rather than military.