Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert

I just recently finished reading A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863  by Jeffry D. Wert, author of several Civil War books, such as A Brotherhood of Valor and The Sword of Lincoln, among others.

I gladly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Civil War, especially those interested in the Confederate army of Northern Virginia and/or Robert E. Lee.

It is a well-written, easy-to-read book, with a very good narrative flow. That definitely helps make s book more enjoyable for me.

Besides that, it does a good job of telling the story of Lee and his army from when he took command through the Battle of Gettysburg. I enjoyed the narrative and the points Wert made. He offered plenty of praise for Lee, his main subordinates and the whole army, of course, but also made criticisms of some of Lee's judgments and how his leadership style affected certain battles in lessositive ways. He made his own points and comments on these issues, but also found and used comments from published works by other historians to help reinforce his points to illuminate some areas where the Confederates and their esteemed general could have done things differently, and perhaps better. I thought this cruticisms gave the book a nice balance so that the story was not merely a repetition of how great a fighting force this was and how remarkable a leader it had.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book. It was the first I had read for a while and it reminded me why I enjoy reading about the Civil War and how much a good book can make life better and me a bit happier. 

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