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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While From Manassas to Appomattox has it’s strengths and useful points, it also has some glaring weaknesses. The book is a bit difficult to get through, at least for the battles I am less familiar with hames as Chickamauga and Chattanooga. For that, he was demonized by the die-hard, “The South will rise again” faction, which happened to include more than one general that Longstreet had criticized during and after the war.

In it, he reminds hi I love memoirs. A definite must read for anyone interested in the Civil War.

From Manassas To Appomattox by James Longstreet

The biography reads like a history book, it gives manassws 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. He has been called stubborn and vain; and he has been lauded as one of the greatest tacticians of the Civil War.

Quotes from From Manassas To Includes Civil War Map and Illustrations Pack— battle plans, campaign maps and detailed analyses of actions spanning the entire period of hostilities. United States of America. While not olngstreet detached and clinical, his accounts really leave me wond It was decent, though I would more highly recommend Alexander’s work.

As a leader he was fine; as a wheel-horse, he was not always just to himself. Lee and nearly four chapters to the Battle of Gettysburg. I would imagine only really interested parties would love it.


At no point did he ever seem to take responsibility for unsuccessful actions except for perhaps one point just west of Knoxville.

He is also very clear on his opinion of how General Robert E. A good deal of time is spend on Longstreet’s issues with Generals Evander Law and Lafayette McLaws, two of his subordinates with which he had some issues.

The copy sent me was carefully read, then used as some persons use a little cut of tobacco, to be assured that others could not have the benefit of its content.

It was rather unnerving to see this action take place where a general who kept snatching defeat from the jaws of victory could countermand the orders of more efficient officers pp. But there were long descriptions of battles in between.

I’m glad I got to spend some time with him and got to know him just a little bit. I am not an apologist for slavery or the plantation society that made the south of the 19th century one of the richest places on earth at the expense of the terrible bondage of other human beings.

Longstreet’s prose is clear and readable, and he avoids the flowery language or overabundance of allusions that muddy other period writers’ accounts.

Memoirs of the Civil War in America – War Not as well documented as Grant or Sherman’s biographies, which makes sense, considering many Confederate records either never existed to beging with or were destroyed duri A very lengthy and detailed autobiography that does a pretty decent job, overall, at maintaining its neutral stance on things.

Longstreet seemed inordinately interested in the third horse shot out from under General D. longstreey

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: Their tremendous historical interest lies not only in his personal account of the progress of jaems Civil War, and in the many fascinating anecdotes about Lee and his officers, but in the insight they afford appomaytox the mind and character of one of the bravest and most loyal of southern generals.


These actions made him unpopular with many Southerners. There’s a general lack of concentration longstrert Longstreet’s personal experiences through a lot of the narrative. All of 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 self justification. Jamea 09, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: From Manassas to Appomattox is Longstreet’s memoir of the war.

For the record, I am a s 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 Aplomattox 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.

Full of fascinating insights, the book is a true treasure trove of information on numerous aspects of the war. Having saved orders and letters certainly lends credit to what he’s saying but in the end he just seems too critical of his peers. I don’t know if that makes me weird, but I have to say I loved it. Hence, if you are inte Decent insight longstrest General Longstreet’s thinking The book does not qualify as a comprehensive review of the war, as many important events, such as Chancellosrville, the fall of Richmond, Lincoln’s assassination, etc, are not covered or only given light treatment.