Lee, by Douglas Southall Freeman. This one-volume abridged version of Freemans classic text remains the best single biography ever written about the legendary Confederate general. Although there have been numerous books written about Lee, none have come as close to capturing his military genius, or why so many Southerners enthusiastically fought and died under his banner. (656 pages, 9 x 6.25, Paperback)
Lees Last Casualty: The Life and Letters of Sgt. Robert W. Parker, Second Virginia Cavalry, Edited by Catherine M. Wright. The letters assembled in this extraordinarily rich collection were written by Robert W. Parker, an enlisted Confederate cavalryman who is thought to have been the last man killed in action in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.
The life of Robert E. Lee is a story not of defeat but of triumph--triumph in clearing his family name, triumph in marrying properly, triumph over the mighty Mississippi in his work as an engineer, and triumph over all other military men to become the towering figure who commanded the Confederate army int he American Civil War. But late in life Lee confessed that he was always wanting something. In this probing and personal biography, Emory Thomas reveals more than the man himself did. Robert E.
Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singelton Mosby, by James A. Ramage. Mosby whose raiders harassed Union rear columns and supply trains in the Shenandoah Valley, never hesitated to employ stealth, terror, and pillage against an equally resolute foe. Mosby never had more than 400 irregulars under his command, yet his raids occupied an enemy force many times that number. (428 pages, 9.25 x 6.25, Hardcover)
Thought of by many contemporaries as the best division commander in Lee's Army, Major General Robert E. Rodes by Darrell Collins breathes life into the largely overlooked combat officer. From his days at the Virginia Military Institute to his demise at Third Winchester, Collins Gives us new details about Rhodes, the man, and the general. 6x9 504 pp.
Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, by Jeffry D. Wert. Integrates comprehensive archival and printed sources to describe a man shaped by a zest for life, religious faith and devotion to duty. The initial dominance of Confederate cavalry in the east during the Civil War was a product of Stuart's skills as leader and organizer, trainer and tactician. Above all he was a master at reconnaissance and screening. Wert's biography goes far in restoring Stuart's claim to be the greatest cavalry officer ever foaled in America.
Israel on the Appomattox: a Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1700s through the Civil War. By Melvin Patrick Ely tells the story of these liberated blacks and the community they formed, called Israel Hill, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. There, ex-slaves established farms, navigated the Appomattox River, and became entrepreneurs. Free blacks and whites did business with one another, sued each other, worked side by side for equal wages, joined forces to found a Baptist congregation, moved west together, and occasionally settled down as man and wife.