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Damage Them All You Can by George Walsh
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Jul 10, 09

bookshelves: american-civil-war, 3-stars

Although Walsh provides an okay overview of the Southern side of the war using mostly secondary research, this book has problems. First, Walsh blindly accepts just about every myth that exists about the Army of Northern Virginia, and second, Robert E. Lee can do no wrong in Walsh’s eye.

Distressing as it may be to Lee fans, modern battle research makes it plain that Lee made his share of mistakes, but you won’t find out about these from Walsh. The only general who comes in for any real criticism is Longstreet. Lastly, even though Walsh’s book contains more up-to-date information than Lee’s Lieutenants by Douglas Southall Freeman, Freeman’s three-volume work still gives you a better, a much more detailed, and a more carefully considered overview of the various generals than Walsh does, even though Freeman wrote more than a half-century ago during the full cultural bloom of Lost Cause thinking. Therefore if you want a battle history of the South in the eastern theater, it’s still better to go with Freeman.

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