114th out of 379 books — 286 voters
From Manassas To Appomattox
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 th...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published March 22nd 1992 by Da Capo Press
(first published 1896)
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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 duri...more
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 everyth...more
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 knowl...more
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
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.