A Life of Gen. Robert E. Lee. John Esten Cooke.
A Life of Gen. Robert E. Lee

A Life of Gen. Robert E. Lee

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1871. First Edition. Thick Octavo. Item #027397

vi, 577 pages, many illustrations with tissue guards present and folded map of Virginia. Cooke, who was a staff officer under Jeb Stuart had often been in touch with General Lee. It is Cooke that notices Robert E. Lee wore only the general's coat with three stars though he was entitled to wear the long white coat with the gold wreath. After the war, Lee's nephew Fitzhugh Lee also noticed. He did not need the external glory, his life was consumed with the mission rather than its accoutrements. The general contents are: pt. 1. Lee's early life -- pt. 2. In front of Richmond -- pt. 3. On the Chickahominy -- pt. 4. The war advances Northward -- pt. 5. Lee invades Maryland -- pt. 6. Chancellorsville and Gettysburg -- pt. 7. Last campaigns of the year 1863 -- pt. 8. Lee's last campaigns and last days followed by the tributes at the end is a long section. They come from Generals Wade Hampton, John B. Morse and others as well as Jefferson Davis (who is introduced as President Davis) which is the longest and most moving but closed also by the eloquent Alexander Stephens. There is no mistaking the fact that though the South had been defeated, the "Lost Cause" was not forsaken. The previous owner of the volume(written in pencil) was Henry J. Mon[roe?], who was a Passenger Agent for the Baltimore and Ohio, Railroad. His residence was Louisville. A very nice copy bound in green pebble grained cloth centrally stamped in gilt, spine lettering gilt with the stamped motto: Non incautus futuri the motto used on the crest of Washington and Lee University, of which he was its first President, light wear to spine ends and corners, (Nevins II, 47; Dornbush, II, 2919P).

Price: $400.00

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