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From Manassas To Appomattox

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  575 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
General James Longstreet is one of the most controversial figures of the American Civil War. According to some, he was partially to blame for the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg; according to others, if Lee had followed Longstreet’s advice, they would have won that battle. He has been called stubborn and vain; and he has been lauded as one of the greatest tacticians of ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published March 22nd 1992 by Da Capo Press (first published 1896)
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Aug 09, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Unjustifiably trashed by the Lee groupies, "Old Pete" was reliable on both sides of the ball.
James M.
Nov 18, 2015 James M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lance Kinzer
Jul 21, 2013 Lance Kinzer rated it really liked it
A definite must read for anyone interested in the Civil War. Full of fascinating insights, the book is a true treasure trove of information on numerous aspects of the war. That said, and even as someone highly sympathetic to Longstreet, the book does suffer from some weaknesses. At times he becomes bogged down in order of battle issues that can easily be gleaned from other sources, while neglecting to give us the kind of unique and personal insight he is so well positioned to provide. And most ...more
Aaron Crofut
Jun 17, 2015 Aaron Crofut rated it liked it
Shelves: history, civil-war
It was decent, though I would more highly recommend Alexander's work. Unfortunately, Longstreet often comes off sounding defensive, which he undoubtedly was. His personal account at Appomattox makes it worth reading, as he wasn't with Lee but with the troops awaiting word. His reunion with Grant is touching if you can picture it.

I do wish we could know more about what was going on in his head during this horrific events. While not entirely detached and clinical, his accounts really leave me wond
Oct 17, 2009 Robert added it
my favorite general
Mar 21, 2016 Johnny rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
For years, this has been one of those books I was going to get to. I suppose it was a recent trip to Gettysburg that spurred me to finally crack the dingy-looking pages of a bookstore special, the memoirs of General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox. There is a raw power to this material that sometimes overwhelms. 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 waste, that s ...more
Glenn Trust
Nov 18, 2015 Glenn Trust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Manassas to Appomattox Memoirs of The Civil War in AmericaFrom 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. Without the Civil War, the history of this continent would have been vastly different.

For the record, I am a s
As far as prominent figures of the American Civil War go, James Longstreet looms large. Longstreet was arguably Robert E. Lee's most important subordinate in the Army of Northern Virginia, and he saw action in many of the pivotal campaigns of the war, not just in the East, but also some in the Western theatre.

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
Feb 10, 2016 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love memoirs. 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.

The Jim Longstreet of his own words comes across as a practical, honorable man, clear on his duties and willing to give the very best of himself when called upon. He included in the appendix the letter he had written in 1867 which led to his cruel rejection by the South-land he had fought so hard for. In it, he reminds hi
Jack L Stevens
Nov 18, 2015 Jack L Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The other side of being called a traitor

I grew up hearing stories about General Longstreet. And along with most of the Confederate Generals he was one of the best. General Jackson may have been Lee's Right arm, in the precursor to shock and awe, Longstreet was the man who Lee could use to fix the Army of the Potomac, and if he would have been supported in Tennessee, he would have routed the Western Union Armies. His tactics today, are still looked at during planning for Operations. Operation Lon
Lee Thackston
Jul 01, 2014 Lee Thackston rated it liked it
Good chronicle of the First Corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. I do think that Longstreet has gotten a bad wrap over the past century but his constant shedding of blame or responsibility - be it true or not - seems excessive. He always seems to be in CYA mode. At no point did he ever seem to take responsibility for unsuccessful actions except for perhaps one point just west of Knoxville. Having saved orders and letters certainly lends credit to what he's saying but in the end he just seems ...more
Mark Bringman
Mar 22, 2016 Mark Bringman rated it it was ok
Grant's memoir was far, far better. For a few reasons:

1) Longstreet had some moments of brilliant, beautiful, poetic prose. But there were long descriptions of battles in between. More and more, I realize that the history that interests me the most is social rather than military.

2) Longstreet had some ax's to grind and a lot of attacks (from previous memoirs) to defend against. In his memoirs he never seemed to admit making a mistake.

3) While he has become the villain of the Lost Cause, Longstre
Monte Lamb
Nov 18, 2015 Monte Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-civil-war
This book covers the details of General Longstreet's personal experiences during the Civil War and the immediate aftermath. It is heavy on detail during the time of the battles to the point of being overdone. It is also not written as clearly and concisely as U.S. Grant's or Philip Sheridan's memoirs. Where it excels is in his no holds barred opinions of his contemporaries, both Union and Confederate. He does not mince words when someone faltered or made mistakes. He is also very clear on his ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Written by a man close to the action for other men close to the action in the middle of a fight for his reputation (that he lost for a long long time). Reading this felt like you were walking into the middle of an argument. One hundred and twenty years later, I know the results of the argument, and know some of the accusations levelled; but he was in the thick of it, and many sections of the book are written specifically to counter what people were saying of him then. That and his intimate ...more
Tom Darrow
Jul 16, 2011 Tom Darrow rated it really liked it
A very lengthy and detailed autobiography that does a pretty decent job, overall, at maintaining its neutral stance on things. He does make a few exceptions (the obvious case being Gettysburg), but also with his involvement in Tennessee and at the Seven Days Battles (where is is actually somewhat critical of his own actions). 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 ...more
Scott L.
Feb 23, 2013 Scott L. rated it really liked it
A fascinating book, although a somewhat slow read due to the language of the 19th century. Obviously written with great bias toward his own viewpoint; and tending to blame others for the problems that he caused, I believe that Longstreet wrote this to exonerate himself from the blame that was being put upon him postbellum. 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. I do recommend ...more
Ray Stafford
Apr 07, 2013 Ray Stafford rated it it was amazing
An excellent work chronicling the events of the War of Northern Aggression and specifically the Army of Northern Virginia to which Gen. James Longstreet was attached. Longstreet is often overlooked but was absolutely vital to the Confederacy. 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. The biography reads like a history book, it gives a firsthand narrative of the war from someone who saw it ...more
Aug 16, 2011 Darlis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got the free edition for my nook. It is so full of typos and off characters used to make letters that it is just hard to read. I guess since it has been months since I was reading it that I won't get back to it, I'll just call it a day. I do think it would have been better if I had spent the whole $ and got an edition that would have been readable, but I learned a lesson in downloading free stuff to my nook--you get what you pay for.
Don Heiman
May 12, 2015 Don Heiman rated it it was amazing
Lt. General James Longstreet's autobiography "From Manassas to Appomattox" was written 30 years after the Civil War ended. It is masterfully done, clearly written, full of insight, and well documented. This is an important read for military historians and serious students of the American Civil War.

Jan 11, 2016 Nic rated it really liked it
I read this book in high school. For Fun. I don't know if that makes me weird, but I have to say I loved it. This book is very detailed and gave me such a greater grasp on the thought process of one of the greatest minds of the Civil War. This book is not for everyone. I would imagine only really interested parties would love it. I would recommend it Day and Night.
Jan 31, 2010 Travis marked it as to-read
I bought this on Halloween weekend in 2008 in Bryson City after our train ride up the Natahalla Gorge. Walt, Seth, Steve Sievert and I went to Bryson City and Dillsboro to ride on the Great Smokey Mountain Railway.

Charlie Shaw
Too technical, too too detailed. If you want to read about every movement of each brigade in every action he was in, this is the book for you.
Each action is described but no maps are present to show how each corps were situated.
Sep 21, 2015 David rated it liked it
Part of the rating is because the book is 100 years old. Different standards/styles of writing. Also, because the book was written well after the war, there is just a bit of controversy surrounding it.
Jul 17, 2009 C.E. rated it liked it
Workmanlike, and only loses its striving for neutrality in describing the events at Gettysburg. Underrated general.
Fredrick Danysh
Longstreet's memoirs cover his participation in the American Civil War. He has included copies of several letters and orders pertaining to his service under Lee's command.
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Born in South Carolina, James Longstreet graduated from West Point in 1842 and fought in the Mexican War. He resigned from the U.S. army in June 1861 and joined the Confederate army. Spending most of his Civil War service with the Army of Northern Virginia, by the fall of 18
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“The heavy fumes of gunpowder hanging about our ranks, as stimulating as sparkling wine, charged the atmosphere with the light and splendor of battle. Time was culminating under a flowing tide.” 1 likes
“His game of hide-and-seek about Bull Bun, Centreville, and Manassas Plains was grand, but marred in completeness by the failure of General A. P. Hill to meet his orders for the afternoon of the 28th. As a leader he was fine; as a wheel-horse, he was not always just to himself. He was fond of the picturesque.” 0 likes
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