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Damage Them All You Can Damage Them All You Can, The Patrician Lee Exhorts, And His Southern Army, Ragtag In Uniform And Elite In Spirit, Responds Ferociously In One Battle After Another Against Their Northern Enemies From The Seven Days And The Valley Campaign Through Chancellorsville And Gettysburg, From The Wilderness To Spotsylvania To The Final Siege Of Richmond And Petersburg Lee Knows That The South S Five And A Half Million White Population Will Be Worn Down In Any Protracted Struggle By The North S Twenty Two Million He Is Ever Offensive Minded, Ever Seeking The Victory That Will Destroy His Enemies Will To Fight He Uses His Much Shorter Interior Lines To Rush Troops To Trouble Spots By Forced Marches And By Rail His Cavalry Rides On Raids Around The Entire Union Army Lee Divides His Own Force Time And Again, Defying Military Custom By Bluffing One Wing Of The Enemy While Striking Furiously Elsewhere.But This Book Is Than Military History Walsh S Narrative Digs Deeper, Revealing The Humanity Of Lee And His Lieutenants As Never Before Their Nobility And Their Flaws, Their Chilling Acceptance Of Death, Their Tender Relations With Wives And Sweethearts In The Midst Of Carnage.Here We Encounter In Depth The Men Who Still Stir The Imagination The Dutiful Robert E Lee, Haunted By His Father S Failures Stern And Unbending Stonewall Jackson, Cut Down At The Moment Of His Greatest Triumph Stolid James Longstreet, Who Came To Believe He Was Lee S Equal As A Strategist, The Enigmatic George Pickett.These Men And Scores Of Others, Enlisted Men As Well As Officers, Carry The Ultimately Tragic Story Of The Army Of Northern Virginia Forward With Heart Rending Force And Bloody Impact As The War Progresses We Wonder Above All Else, Had Orders Been Strictly Obeyed Here Or Daylight Lasted An Extra Hour There, What Might Have Been Only Appomattox Brings An End To Such Speculation, When The Tattered Remnants Of Lee S Army, Both The Still Living And The Shadowy Dead, Stack Their Arms At Last.


10 thoughts on “Damage Them All You Can

  1. says:

    ne of my books for the Back to History Challenge is Damage Them All They Can, a history of the Army of Northern Virginia by George Walsh The book is centered on the leaders of the Army, with particular but by no means exclusive focus on the likes of Lee, Jackson, the Johnstons, the Hills, Longstreet, Ewell and Early There is some discussion of life in the Army and the experience of the soldiery, but this is of decidedly secondary importance to the book overall.The...


  2. says:

    Although Walsh provides an okay overview of the Southern side of the war using mostly secondary research, this book has problems First, Walsh blindly accepts just about every myth that exists about the Army of Northern Virginia, and second, Robert E Lee can do no wrong in Walsh s eye Distressing as it may be to Lee fans, modern battle research makes it plain that Lee made his share of mistakes, but you won t find out about these from Walsh The only general who comes in for any real criticism Although Wa...


  3. says:

    I was wavering between giving this book three stars and four stars While it isn t badly written, it also spends a lot of time describing battles and campaigns that already have full length books written about them often multiple books It also fails to include any maps of the individual battles the only map in the entire book is a general area map of Virginia and Maryland Every so often, the author would review the army s order of battle but mostly it came off as a rapid listing of names A I was wavering between giving this book three stars and four stars While it isn t badly written, it also spends a lot of time describing battles and campaigns that already have full length books written about them often multiple books It also fails to include any maps of...


  4. says:

    Not necessarily an eye opening book that provides new revelations of Robert E Lee s generalship in the Civil War But it does provide nice detail of the battles engaged in by the Army of Northern Virginia under his leadership The bo...


  5. says:

    Ok so honestly I only got through Chancellorsville but let s be honest, it all goes down hill from there I was pretty surprised about how readable this is It s basically a narrative stitched together from primary sou...


  6. says:

    George Walsh, despite being an unapologetic Yankee, does an excellent job of objectively covering the strengths and weaknesses of the commanding officers in the Army of Northern Virginia I enjoyed his perspective, which differs from the sometimes fawning adoration of Confederate generalship.


  7. says:

    This book was okay It was tedious to read and he didn t really make much of an argument either He just rehashed the basic plots and subplots of the Civil War.


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