TTC - Robert E. Lee and His High Command (Audio)| Size : 423.40 MB
Few events have captivated students of American history like the Civil War. Its battles are analyzed repeatedly, studied and "what-ifed" by professional tacticians and tireless amateurs. Its profoundly dramatic implications and moments have no parallels in our history, whether it be
friend fighting friend, the end of slavery, or an entire society and way of life burned away, sometimes literally. The war's most striking personalities seem somehow magnifiedand few among those personalities have ever held our attention like General Robert Edward Lee.
An Embodiment of the Confederacy Itself With his Army of Northern Virginia, he came to embody the cause of the Confederacy itself, inspiring a commitment from troops and civilians that eventually overshadowed even those given to its political leaders and institutions. How did this come to pass? In a war that produced no other successful Confederate armies, how was Robert E. Lee able to create and inspire an army whose achievements resonated not only across the Confederacy but also in the North, as well as in foreign capitals such as London and Paris? Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Lee This course addresses and answers the most-asked questions about Robert E. Lee and the men he chose to serve under him:
- What was Lee actually like?
- Was he someone whose character and ideasas some have claimedwere mired in the past?
- Was he really an "old-fashioned" general who was too much of a traditionalist and gentleman to fight the kind of modern, ruthless war demanded by the times?
- Or was he a brilliant and aggressive strategist and tactician who understood exactly the kind of war he would need to wage, the size of his window of opportunity, and the kind of senior officers he would need if his strategy was to succeed?
- How did he choose those officers, and what personal and tactical characteristics did they share?
- What experiences shaped them?
- Why did they succeed or fail?
- How did what happened on the wars extraordinarily bloody battlefields influence public opinion on the home fronts of both the Confederacy and the Union?
- And how did that opinion, in turn, shape the actions of Lee and his officers?
- Its a course that will appeal whether your interest is in the strategy and tactics underlying its major battles or in the broader context within which those battles took place.
- If youre relatively new to exploring this conflict, these lectures offer a refreshingly balanced starting point.
- And if youre already knowledgeable, this course will deepen your appreciation of the decisions made by Lee and his generals and the implications they had both on and off the battlefield.
- Lee himself, whose striking appearance undoubtedly helped contribute to the almost mystical aura with which many authors have endowed him but whose experiences serving under the famous Winfield Scott in the war with Mexico taught him invaluable practical lessons about modern warfare.
- Lees skill at managing military resources and his awareness that audacity and ruthless aggressiveness can contribute to victory against a more powerful opponent threatened to disrupt the Union war effort more than once.
- "Stonewall" Jackson, whose dogged purpose and initiative helped forge, with Lee, a military partnership second only to that of Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman.
- "Jeb" Stuart, the great cavalryman whose flamboyant battle dress, complete with scarlet-lined cape, yellow sash, and an ostrich plume in his hat, belied his superb skills at reconnaissance and screening, the crucial responsibilities of Civil War cavalry
- James Longstreet, whom Lee warmly greeted as "my old war-horse" and who served as Lees senior subordinate throughout Lees tenure at the head of the Army of Northern Virginia.
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