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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  397 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews present you this new edition. Captain Lee, of the Engineers, a hero to his child- The family pets-
ebook, 596 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1904)
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Aug 13, 2012 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to believe that a book written so long ago could still stir such emotion in the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. What an amazing man General Lee was! If he had been aware that his son was going to write his biography, he probably would have burned all his letters or maybe not written them at all; he was such a humble person who did not want to be the celebrity that he was. I am so grateful that he did; I could not put the book down. A more loving, caring, intelligent man we wil ...more
Feb 28, 2017 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book the year I graduated with my Masters degree. It was not quite the book that Lt. Col. GFR Henderson wrote on General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson as it is a book that was compiled by the family of Gen. R.E. Lee after his death in 1871. Still, interesting - Douglas Southall Freeman wrote the definitive account in the 1930's at about the same time that Sir Winston Churchill would begin to write "A History of the English Speaking Peoples" (which wouldn't be concluded until 1957 due ...more
Crystal Rafuse
Jul 02, 2013 Crystal Rafuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say honestly, that I had truly no idea that General Robert E. Lee lived for another 5 years following his surrender to Grant during the Civil War. I mean, I guess I didn't just figure that he'd died and that was the end, but I had no idea how much he really lived, I guess is what I am trying to say.

Being from the North, we don't hear about how he went on to become the President of Washington College in Lexington, VA. We don't hear about his sons, daughters & grandchildren. I've ne
Most people know of Robert E. Lee as the South's beloved general of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. It is interesting that those five years seem to dominate the rest of his life, though he spent the majority of the rest of his years as the president of Washington University (later Washington and Lee University) trying to put the war days behind him. His letters reveal the heart of a man anchored in social ideals of the past while confronted with new national and social contexts follow ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked this up as an audio book as we were preparing to go on vacation. It is an amazing collection of personal letters and a truly interesting insight into the father/husband/friend and the leader. Being edited by his son, I wonder if there are any other perspectives on REL, but he really does seem a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. It also provides a window into the perspectives of the time relative to their "servants", the justifications for cessation, Reconstruction, etc. Persona ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Cayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never really did think much of the Confederate general until I picked up this book. Even though the war was long and arduous, the man made time to write letters to his wife. When I read his letters, I could sense his love and concern for her health and well-being. I admire his loyalty to his family as well as his devotion to his country. He demonstrated many fine qualities as a military leader and later as college president. This is definitely worth reading. I think you will find your respect ...more
Charlene Morehead
Getting to know Robert E Lee

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves American history. To read the many personal letters of REL brings him to if he were actually writing to us...I came to know this wonderful man of compassion not only for mankind but for all creatures of the earth...his love of his horse Traveller and the cow and many cats and dogs. His wonderful love of God and strong faith were in evidence all through the book so well done by his son Rob...when he took his las
Sep 16, 2016 Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was very well written, with the exception of him not describing the civil war as much as someone who commanded in it should. He spent most of the book talking about his family and his life other than the civil war especially his opinion on his position in the army and what he did in the Mexican-American war. I would recommend reading this if you are in to history and want to learn more about one of the biggest things that has happened in U.S. history.
Oct 23, 2009 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't think that I was going to but I did. It is a compilation by his son of his letters and notes more or less ordered by chronology.

Among other things, it turns out that he was a lousy father (by today's standards although probably average by the standards of the mid 19th century).

What it does show, however, is the strength and character of the man rather than the deified myth that he has become.
William P.
Jan 03, 2017 William P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casual readers of the Civil War.
If you think I am going to critique the writings of one the greatest Generals in history ,forget it.
I do want to thank Barnes and Nobles publishing for making these type of books easier to own,
They have published many Civil War books that were written ages ago, we would never have been able to find the originally published books. The Barnes and Noble Library of Essential Reading.
Fred McKay
Oct 07, 2015 Fred McKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book of a Great Man. Surely worth the effort to read a book with some grammatical errors. in an unusual format,

I am a history buff,and enjoyed learning about one of America's truly great men. Well worth the read time Enjoyed.
James Smithson
Aug 18, 2011 James Smithson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I feel that it gave me a feeling of how RE Lee realy was as a person. I cam to know him, and his family. I learned of his life and the things he liked. I saw the places he enjoyed going to. I am glad to have read this book.
Oct 19, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredible book. I learned so much that I didn't already know about this American hero/icon from the view of his son CPT. Robert E. Lee and from letters written by the GEN. himself to his family and friend. I defiantly recommend this book.
Dec 17, 2011 Becki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting book. loved hearing/reading what General Lee had to say. The man loved his family and his God more than anything. Such a strong Christian. I have even more respect for him now than I did before.
Sheena Rodriguez
Apr 06, 2012 Sheena Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a great book! It gave a chance to read and be able to take a look at such a great man of history beyond the battlefield. Give an understanding of his personal life. I enjoyed reading about his live and affection towards his family, this country and animals. Learned much.
Johnny Edwards
Apr 09, 2016 Johnny Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. I learned a lot about General Lees life besides being the General of the southern army. He was a muched loved and respected man. It was hard to stop reading because it kept me so interested in what was going to happin. Very good book
Kathy Brown
Oct 09, 2011 Kathy Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civil-war, 2011
I enjoyed this book. It simply glows with a son's love and respect for his father. While not a modern, objective look at General Lee, it provides a glimpse of the family life that was so important to all the Lees and shows us the concern and abiding love that Lee had for his children.
Jan 29, 2012 Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a little biased since his son wrote it, but really well presented.
Joe Martin
Apr 17, 2010 Joe Martin marked it as have-unread  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
The Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (Civil War Library) by Robert Edward Lee (1998)
jim copley
Apr 13, 2015 jim copley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great man

Reading his letters gives one quite an insight into the man. His love of family, country and humanity in general is remarkable. If only there were more like him.
Jan 20, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Excellent Read!
A short book that takes a long time to finish.
Jim Galford
May 20, 2016 Jim Galford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a strong fascination with history, especially the Civil Was era. To be able to read writings of a man of this stature is a rare and fond experience.
Oct 15, 2014 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Cried. Then laughed and cried some more. Then got to the end and balled. Nobody but Robert E. Lee.
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Son of Revolutionary War hero "Light Horse Harry" Lee, Robert E. Lee grew to prominence as an exceptional West Point officer and engineer during the Mexican War. In the Civil War, he commanded the Army of Northern Virginia of the Confederate States of America and accepted
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