By Elizabeth Brown Pryor
For the two hundredth anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s delivery, a brand new portrait drawing on formerly unpublished correspondence
Robert E. Lee’s conflict correspondence is widely known, and right here and there own letters have discovered their means into print, however the nice majority of his so much intimate messages have by no means been made public. those letters demonstrate a much more advanced and contradictory guy than the one that comes so much easily to the mind's eye, for it truly is together with his relatives and his neighbors that Lee is at his such a lot candid, most tasty, and such a lot susceptible. during the last numerous years historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor has exposed a wealthy trove of unpublished Lee fabrics that were held in either inner most and public collections.
Her new booklet, a different mix of research, narrative, and historiography, provides dozens of those letters of their entirety, so much by way of Lee yet a couple of via kin. each one letter turns into a departure aspect for an essay that indicates what the letter uniquely unearths approximately Lee’s time or personality. the fabric covers all elements of Lee’s life—his early years, West element, his paintings as an engineer, his relationships along with his kids and his slaves, his determination to affix the South, his innovations on army technique, and his disappointments after defeat within the Civil warfare. the result's possibly the main intimate photograph thus far of Lee, one who deftly analyzes the that means of his activities in the context of his character, his relationships, and the social tenor of his times.
Jefferson Davis Award (2007)
Lincoln Prize (2008)