By Davis, William C.; Grant, Ulysses Simpson; Lee, Robert Edward
They met in individual in basic terms 4 instances, but those males - Ulysses S. provide and Robert E. Lee - made up our minds the result of America's such a lot divisive warfare and forged larger-than-life shadows over their reunited kingdom. They got here from tremendously varied backgrounds: Lee from a exotic relatives of waning fortunes; furnish, a tender guy at the make in a brand new the US. Differing situations coloured their outlooks on lifestyles: Lee, the depression realist; provide, the incurable optimist. Then got here the Civil conflict that made them either commanders of armies, leaders of fellows, and heroes to the multitudes of usa citizens then and because who rightfully position them within the pantheon of our best squaddies. solid in conflict as generals, those in a different way very diversified males turned nearly indistinguishable of their instincts, attributes, attitudes, and abilities in command. every one the topic of innumerable biographies, Generals Ulysses S. furnish and Robert E. Lee have by no means sooner than been paired as they're right here. Exploring their personalities, their characters, their moral and ethical compasses, and their political and armed forces worlds, William C. Davis, one in all America's preeminent historians, makes use of sizeable, newly came across proof on either males to discover extraordinary similarities among them, in addition to new insights and precise interpretations on how their lives ready them for the battle they fought and prompted how they fought it. Crucible of Command is either a gripping narrative of the ultimate 12 months of the struggle and a clean, revealing portrait of those nice commanders as they took every one other's degree around the battlefield due to hundreds of thousands of men. Read more...
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The other struggled to live up to his father’s expectations and boasts. The one was born to no wealth with a First Family lineage money could not buy. The other lived in the most affluent home in town, with a name and lineage that meant nothing. Yet even in youth they shared common threads, awaiting only the loom of history to weave them together. Of Robert Edward Lee’s youth we know little with certainty. 1 His father was General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, a hero of the Revolution. His mother was Ann Hill Carter, daughter of Charles Carter of ancient aristocracy in the Old Dominion.
It was an adventure unlike any he had known before. If he succeeded, he would leave the Academy as a man with an education and a budding career. If his father and brother stained the Lee name, he might have an opportunity to cleanse it. He would not have been a normal young man if he did not feel excitement and anticipation, however torn he was at leaving his mother to be cared for by others. For Ann Lee it was to be no happy parting. ” she complained. ”96 Whatever Lee chose to remember of his childhood, he said little of it in later years.
At ten or eleven he was ready for secondary education, and it was not a good time for financial worries to erupt. Recession and a desperate shortage of cash followed the war with Britain. 22 She had entered young Carter at Harvard College in 1815, carefully setting aside funds to see him to graduation when the expense of board and tuition approached $300 a year. She still had sons Sidney Smith and Robert to educate, house servants to maintain, and a nominal rent to pay for their house. 23 “I, and my family, must greatly restrict ourselves,” she wrote Carter that same summer.