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by Richard B. McCaslin

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  • ISBN 0807126969
  • ISBN13 978-0807126967
  • Language English
  • Author Richard B. McCaslin
  • Publisher Louisiana State Univ Pr; First edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Pages 280
  • Formats mobi txt lrf azw
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Americas
  • Size ePub 1254 kb
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While most scholars agree that Robert E. Lee's loyalty to Virginia was the key factor in his decision to join the Confederate cause, Richard McCaslin goes further to demonstrate that Lee's true call to action was the legacy of the American Revolution viewed through his reverence for George Washington. Like Washington, Lee wore a colonel's uniform. He rode a horse named for one of his idol's mounts, Traveller, and carried one of Washington's swords. On January 19, 1861, his fifty-fourth birthday, Lee sat alone in his room at Fort Mason and faced the prospect of war by reading the latest book by his hero.

In his thematic biography of the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, McCaslin locates the sources of Lee's devotion to Washington and shows how this bond affected his performance as a general in battle. He argues that Lee used the strategy of attrition to attempt to persuade the North to quit just as Washington had wearied the British. But reliance on Washington as a role model led to tragic irony: in 1864 it was Lee's Confederates who became trapped like the British in the Yorktown campaign. After his surrender Lee could no longer emulate Washington the revolutionary, and he became the president of a small college that bore Washington's name, surrounding himself with mementos of his hero.

Challenging conventional interpretations, McCaslin's absorbing book lays to rest the argument that a posthumous "Lee cult" superimposed Washington symbolism onto Lee's life to link it with the Revolution. Rather, Lee himself created the association, which yielded an enduring paradox: Washington earned his reputation as a statesman, whereas Lee never escaped his self-imposed image as a revolutionary in Washington's shadow.


Richard B. McCaslin, a professor of history at High Point University in. .McCaslin traces Lee's admiration for George Washington and how this hero worship affected Lee's life and persona.

Product details McCaslin traces Lee's admiration for George Washington and how this hero worship affected Lee's life and persona.

Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War). by. Richard B. McCaslin. In this thematic biography, McCaslin locates the sources of Lee's devotion to Washington and shows how this bond affected his performance as a general. Winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table's Laney Prize and the Virginia Historical Society's Richard L. Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography. The enduring paradox, McCaslin shows, is that Washington earned his reputation as a statesman, whereas Lee never escaped his self-imposed image as a revolutionary in Washington's shadow.

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Richard McCaslin's obvious focus is Lee's connection with Washington, both through Lee's ill-starred father and through his marriage to a collateral descendant of the first president who was a proud protector of the family name and relics. McCaslin, who teaches at High Point University and who has written extensively on the Civil War period, also points up Lee's specific emulation of Washington as a person, soldier, and leader, which went well beyond the ordinary American's, even Virginian's, pride in his character and myriad accomplishments.

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