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|Johan Steele wrote:
Early as a founding father of the Lost Cause, am I wrong?
No, you are correct. As for sources, I think the best place to start is Gary Gallagher and Alan Nolan’s “Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History” (2000). Gallagher’s chapter (“Jubal A. Early, the Lost Cause, and Civil War History: a Persistent Legacy”) is a good summary of Jubal Early’s critical role in the creation of the myth. Brooks Simpson’s chapter (“Continuous Hammering and Mere Attrition: Lost Cause Critics and the Military Reputation of Ulysses S. Grant”) is an especially good account of Grant’s rough handling at the hands of the Lost Cause prevaricators, including Early.