A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862-1863 by Jeffry D. Wert

By Jeffry D. Wert

From the time Robert E. Lee took command of the military of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862, until eventually the conflict of Gettysburg 13 months later, the accomplice military compiled a checklist of army success nearly extraordinary in our nation’s historical past. the way it happened—the relative contributions of Lee, his best command, opposing Union generals, and naturally the insurgent military itself—is the topic of Civil conflict historian Jeffry D. Wert’s attention-grabbing new history.

Wert indicates how the audacity and aggression that fueled Lee’s victories finally proved disastrous at Gettysburg. yet, as Wert explains, Lee had little selection: outnumbered by way of an opponent with enhanced assets, he needed to take the struggle to the enemy so as to win. whilst an both combative Union general—Ulysses S. Grant—took command of northern forces in 1864, Lee used to be defeated.

A excellent military draws at the newest scholarship to supply clean tests of Lee; his best commanders Longstreet, Jackson, and Stuart; and a smart conflict method that also deals classes to army commanders this present day.

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Anne happened in the summer of 1889. The priests recorded miracles and healings at each pilgrimage, including a note in 1891 that mentioned my great-grandmother. She was born Constance Letendre, and she married Magloire Belcourt. The priest’s note said: “Bedridden for six months and who is unable to walk, is carried into the church. ” I suppose if you believe in something hard enough it will happen, because the healing power of the mind is amazing. If you bring people together, believing, it is also amazing how powerful that belief can be.

I believe in the power of prayer, too. Many people all over the world prayed for me within their different religious beliefs. I am so grateful to them. I am sure the combination of medical treatment, herbs, and prayers contributed to my healing. 30  Walking in the Wo o ds t h e be lcou rt fami ly: 1890 – 1914 The Belcourt family of Lac Ste. Anne posed for at least twenty-two formal portraits in the studios of Edmonton’s pioneer photographers after 1890. Here is a small selection from the Ernest Brown Collection at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

I couldn’t understand the questions, or the need for them. The priest would ask: “Did you commit this? ” Adultery! I didn’t even know the meaning of the word as a boy. This turned me off the Church. I went through the motions, but it was a joke, really. My father and his sisters, Margaret and Christina, and his brother Syd were not religious either. I think my grandmother’s piety put them off. She took her religion to great extremes: eating fish on Fridays, fasting, avoiding dances during Lent, giving things to others and going without herself.

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