The War Movie Buff reviewed Damage Them All You Can: Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia by George Walsh for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
The book is very well written. Walsh did copious research and it shows in the numerous quotes from both the officers and the foot soldiers. The first person accounts are kept short and blend in seamlessly with the narrative. Although the book does not have much on soldier life (other than an excellent chapter on the subject), the quotes by regular soldiers give a clear view of their combat experiences.
Walsh humanizes the commanders. He provides interesting biographical information on most of them. Strangely, this drops off in the second half of the book. Another fault is the lack of maps. The book includes many interesting anecdotes.
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