In this reexamination of the last two years of Lee's storied military career, Ethan S. Rafuse offers a clear, informative, and insightful account of Lee's ultimately unsuccessful struggle to defend the Confederacy against a relentless and determined foe. This book provides a comprehensive, yet concise and entertaining narrative of the battles and campaigns that highlighted this phase of the war and analyzes the battles and Lee's generalship in the context of the steady deterioration of the Confederacy's prospects for victory.
Ethan S. Rafuse is associate professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff college at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His previous books include McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union, George Gordon Meade and the War in the East, and A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and the Battle of Manassas.
Chapter 1: Chancellorsville and Its Antecedents Chapter 2: From the Rappahannock to the Susquehanna Chapter 3: Gettysburg Chapter 4: Waltzing with General Meade Chapter 5: Winter and a New Foe Chapter 6: The Furnace of 1864 Chapter 7: To and Across the James Chapter 8: A Mere Question of Time Chapter 9: To Appomattox Chapter 10: The Fall of the Confederacy Bibliographic Essay