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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 04:00 pm
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Albert Sailhorst wrote: Barry-

The only book I have on Longstreet (though I haven't read it yet, as I have too many lined up before it!) is "From Manassas to Appomattox" by James Longstreet......Have you read it and what are your thoughts???


It's a great work, and is chock full of detail about the ANV and the First Corps in particular.  It does, however, have its faults.  Longstreet's sword was certainly mightier than his pen.  The prose can be very hard to read sometimes, often due to all the detail Pete tries to cram in.  He could have definitely used a modern-day editor.

Also, the book is product of the man in the 1890's, meaning he's spent the last 25 years defending a war record that needed no defending.  The attacks of Jubal Early, et. al, took their toll and Longstreet often comes across in the work as the bitter old man he became.  He unfairly criticizes at points, and takes a larger share of the credit on some campaigns than he was necessarily due.

As a record of the ANV and First Corps, it's indispensable.

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