General Lee's Immortals

The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861–1865
Product Number: EB00755235
Released: Mar 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611213638
Publisher: Savas Beatie
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Description

"An absolute gem of a history" for the Confederacy's Branch-Lane North Carolina Brigade: "His clear and engaging narrative keeps the reader entranced" (Thomas G. Clemens, editor of The Maryland Campaign of 1862). This storied brigade was first led by Lawrence Branch, and then by James Henry Lane, and served with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia for its entire existence. These Tar Heels fought in nearly every major battle in the Eastern Theater, including the Seven Days' Battles, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg (where Branch was killed), Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville (where its members mistakenly shot Stonewall Jackson), Gettysburg (including Pickett's Charge), the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, the Petersburg Campaign, and the final retreat to Appomattox. Originally part of A. P. Hill's famous "Light Division," the brigade earned high plaudits for its disciplined defensive efforts, hard-hitting attacks, and incredible marching abilities. Its heavy combat exposure, however, resulted in devastating losses. By war's end, its roll call of casualties far exceeded its number of survivors. Michael Hardy's General Lee's Immortals is based upon years of study and grounded on an impressive foundation of sources, which allows the men to speak for themselves as they describe their time in camp, endless hardships, long marches, bloody battles, increasing hunger, and much more. In addition to a dozen original maps, General Lee's Immortals also includes scores of rare photos-many of which were previously unpublished-all of which enhance this well-written and engrossing account. "Combining rigorous research and an innovative organization, General Lee's Immortals demonstrates what an exceptional unit history can teach us about the Civil War." -The Civil War Monitor

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Author(s): Michael C. Hardy
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Sep 19, 2017

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