Few episodes in history are more painful to Americans than the Civil
War, fought between the North and the South. This biography, Great
American Generals - Robert E. Lee, by Ian Hogg, takes the reader through
the life of one of the greatest heroes of that war, Robert E. Lee. It is a
thorough, in depth record of the life of Lee and begins with a detailed account
of his family history and his birth, through his college years, military
experience and his work in later life to his death on October 12, 1870. The
first few pages set the scene by listing a substantial amount of facts about the
names and backgrounds of his parents Harry and Ann and Lee's wife, Mary
Custis, with some reference to his father's army career and political life.
After Lee's early years, the reader will learn of his schooling at the Military
Academy, West Point, followed by his life in the Army before and after the
The biography ends in the latter pages with an account of his
work after his military career came to an end, and finally, with his death after
a prolonged period of ill-health, thought to be stress induced.
Author Ian Hogg is a prolific writer in the field of defense and military
technology. He is a weapons expert, having written many books on all types
of rifles, shotguns and small arms, such as Modern Rifles, Shotguns and
Pistols, and Modern Small Arms. He is an acknowledged expert on infantry
weapons and is thought to be the world's leading expert on this and artillery
strategies. He is a well known author of military history, and works as a
weapons evaluator in addition to his writing.
Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia on January...