There may be nothing factually wrong about Nolan’s account – other than its incompleteness. Most 20th century historians are as incapable of understanding what constituted a 19th century gentleman as dogs are of doing algebra. The conduct and concepts are so far from their frame of reference and, even if they understood them, are so alien to every precept of conduct they have learned that it is impossible for them to discuss these people coherently. It was an act of puerile vengeance at the time but, as is so often the case with history, the seizing of the Lee mansion at Arlington insures that the home of one of our noblest blood lines looks over the graves of some of our bravest citizens. Without bothering with this book that should tell you most of what you need to know.
Lee considered : General Robert E. Lee and Civil War history Alan T. Nolan Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 1991 Generals Southern States Biography History and criticism, Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 Hardcover. xii, 231 p. : port. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. -219) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Of all the heroes produced by the Civil War, Robert E. Lee is the most revered and perhaps the most misunderstood. Lee is widely portrayed as an ardent antisecessionist who left the United States Army only because he would not draw his sword against his native Virginia, a Southern aristocrat who opposed slavery, and a brilliant military leader whose exploits sustained the Confederate cause.
Alan Nolan explodes these and other assumptions about Lee and the war through a rigorous reexamination of familiar and long-available historical sources, including Lee’s personal and official correspondence and the large body of writings about Lee. Looking at this evidence in a critical way, Nolan concludes that there is little truth to the dogmas traditionally set forth about Lee and the war.