Personal Reminiscences of General Robert E. Lee

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Macmillan, 2004 - 464 pages
When Robert E. Lee passed on without setting pen to paper on his memoirs, both North and South alike were deprived of a classic personal history of the War Between the States worthy to sit on the shelf next to Ulysses S.Grant's Personal Memoirs.

The Reverend J. William Jones, Lee's chaplain, compiled this collection of reminiscences in its place as a memorial volume commemorating his death. Filled with correspondence with President Andrew Johnson, General Grant, and C.S.A. Generals Scott, Beauregard, and Longstreet, and personal anecdotes from Lee's wartime contemporaries such as Jubal Early, Jeb Magruder, Jefferson Davis, and Winfield Scott. What comes to light is a personal portrait of Lee as family man, gentleman, scholar, and soldier, as well as an eyewitness account of the war that threatened to tear the United States asunder, as witnessed by the South's greatest military leader.

The Reverend J. William Jones, D.D., was the chaplain of the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of General Robert E. Lee and after the Civil War served as chaplain for Washington College in Virginia under Lee's presidency.

It was my proud privilege to have known General Lee intimately. I saw him on that day in April, 1861, on which he came to offer his stainless sword to the land that gave him birth. I followed his standard from Harper's Ferry, in 1861, to Appomattox Court-house, in 1865, coming into somewhat frequent contact with him, rejoicing with him at his long series of brilliant victories, and weeping with him when "compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. . . . "

This first attempt at authorship is sent forth with a sincere desire that it may prove acceptable to the countless admirer of the great Confederate chieftain, that it may serve to give to all a higher appreciation of his noble character, and that it may prove a blessing to the young men of the country (more especially to those who "wore the gray"), by inducing them to study, in order that they may imitate, his shining virtues.
 

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Contents

THE SOLDIER
17
THE COLLEGE PRESIDENT
79
DUTY THE KEYNOTE OF HIS LIFE
122
HIS MODEST HUMILITY SIMPLICITY AND GENTLENESS
134
HIS SPIRIT OF SELFDENIAL FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS
151
HIS WANT OF BITTERNESS TOWARD THE NORTH BUT DEVOTION TO THE INTERESTS OF THE SOUTH
167
HIS SOCIAL CHARACTER
214
HIS FIRMNESS IN CARRYING OUT HIS PURPOSES
262
HIS LOVE FOR HIS SOLDIERS AND THEIR ENTHUSIASTIC DEVOTION TO HIM
280
HIS DOMESTIC LIFE
307
HIS LOVE FOR CHILDREN
355
HIS CHRISTIAN CHARACTER
360
SKETCH OF HIS SICKNESS DEATH AND FUNERAL OBSEQUIES
387
SELECTIONS FROM EULOGIES ON GENERAL LEE
399
ADDRESS OF HON J P HOLCOMBE
425
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Rev. J. William Jones, D.D., served as Robert E. Lee's chaplain both during the Civil War and after.

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