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Using a host of contemporary sources, Gallagher demonstrates the remarkable faith that soldiers and citizens maintained in Lee's leadership even after his army's fortunes had begun to erode. Gallagher also engages aspects of the Lee myth with an eye toward how admirers have insisted that their hero's faults as a general represented exaggerations of his personal virtues. Finally, Gallagher considers whether it is useful--or desirable--to separate legitimate Lost Cause arguments from the transparently false ones relating to slavery and secession.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Lee, Robert E, (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 Military leadership, United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Campaigns, Confederate States of America, Army, Confederate States of America History