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R.E. Lee: A Biography

Freeman, Douglas Southall. R.E. Lee: A Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936, 4 vols. 8vo, gilt stamped red cloth in case with hinged lid, gilt-stamped title and author on lid; 647; 621; 559; 594 pp.

Over 2000 pages covering the life and career of the man some argue was the greatest General of the War of the Rebellion. The first volume of this Pulitzer Prize winning biography covers Lee's upbringing, including the influence of his father, "Light Horse Harry" Lee, a Revolutionary War hero. Subsequent volumes cover the early war (II) and height of the War (III). The last covers the end, when starvation and the immense pressure of the Union Armies finally convinced Lee that the South would best be served by surrendering and ceasing further loss of life in the later-named "Lost Cause." It also covers Lee's last years as President of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), as he avoided the fame he won during the War and continued serving his "country" in the best way he could - education of the next generation.



Minor wear to spine ends. Most discoloration seems to be the result of manufacturing (for example, slight darkening of pastedown where adhesive is under it).

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