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Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command

by FREEMAN, Douglas Southall

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FREEMAN, Douglas Southall. Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942-1944. 1st eds. 3 Vols. lvi,773;xlv,760;xlvi,862pp. Portraits, maps, folding map. Orig. cloth, non-priceclipped d/js. Jackets a bit rubbed, else a very good set. HOWES F-349. Wright F-519. Presentation inscription on the front free endpaper of Vol. One: "To Lt. Col Joseph I. Greene with the admiration of Douglas Southall Freeman" Additionally Freeman has written "This is one of 100 advance copies of the first printing of the first edition-D.S.F." Laid in is a typed letter signed from Freeman to Greene on the letterhead of The Richmond News Leader. Freeman writes: "I thank you for your kindness to accept a copy of "Lee's Lieutenants." I send you the first volume today and shall send you the next when it appears in the early spring and the third, when published, in the winter of 1943-44. I might have known that you would see the parallel between our current problems of command and those of 1861-62. I shudder a hundred times when I ask myself could we have a Beauregard somewhere to fizzle out after a First Manassas." "Greene was a military historian and editor of The Infantry Journal. The other two volumes have the card of "Mr. Robert Thomas Jones" affixed to the front free endpapers. Jones was known at NASA as "one of the premier aeronautical engineers of the twentieth century." "Stands on its own right as one of the great works of military history"-In Tall Cotton, 61. "The ablest descriptive and evaluative study of the leading generals (and their campaigns) in Lee's army; massively documented, movingly written, highly authoritative, and fairly smug"-Nevins I,p.30.
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