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By Lafayette McLaws,John C. Oeffinger

in the course of his provider within the accomplice military, significant normal Lafayette McLaws (1821-1897) served below and along such well-known officials as Robert E. Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, James Longstreet, and John B. Hood. He performed an important position in the most the most important battles of the Civil conflict, together with Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. regardless of this, no biography of McLaws or background of his department has ever been published.

A Soldier's General gathers ninety-five letters written through McLaws to his family members among 1858 and 1865, making those helpful assets to be had to a large viewers for the 1st time. The letters, painstakingly transcribed from McLaws's notoriously bad handwriting, include a wealth of opinion and knowledge approximately lifestyles and morale within the accomplice military, Civil War-era politics, the Southern press, and the effect of warfare at the accomplice domestic entrance. one of the attention-grabbing threads the letters hint is the tale of McLaws's fractured courting with adolescence buddy Longstreet, who had McLaws relieved of command in 1863.

John Oeffinger's wide advent sketches McLaws's existence from his beginnings in Augusta, Georgia, via his early reports within the U.S. military, his marriage, his Civil warfare exploits, and his postwar years.

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