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General George E. Pickett in life & legend / Lesley J. Gordon.

By: Gordon, Lesley J. (Lesley Jill).
Material type: TextTextSeries: Civil War America: Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1998Description: x, 269 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 080782450X (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807824504 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Pickett, George E. (George Edward), 1825-1875 | Generals -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | Pickett, La Salle Corbell, 1848-1931 | Generals' spouses -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: General George E. Pickett in life & legend.DDC classification: 973.7/13/092 | B Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Introduction: a widow, her soldier, and their story -- Virginia, Illinois, and West Point, 1825-1846: perilous years -- Mexico, 1846-1848: streams of heroes -- Texas, 1848-1855: the buoyancy of youth is past -- Washington territory, 1855-1858: farther than the end of the world -- San Juan and Southern Secession, 1853-1861: the most trying circumstances -- Virginia, 1861-1862: war meant something more -- Virginia, 1862: shaking with the thunders of the battle -- Virginia, 1863: carpet-knight doings on the field -- Pennsylvania, 1863: with all this much to lose -- North Carolina, 1863-1864: you will hardly ever go back there again -- Virginia, 1864-1865: is that man still with this army? -- Canada, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., 1865-1889: we have suffered enough -- Washington, D.D., 1887-1931: I have had all and lost all.
Summary: George E. Pickett is among the most famous Confederate generals of the Civil War. But even today he remains imperfectly understood, a figure shrouded in Lost Cause mythology. In this carefully researched biography, Lesley Gordon moves beyond earlier studies of Pickett. By investigating the central role played by his wife LaSalle in controlling his historical image, Gordon illuminates Pickett's legend as well as his life.Summary: After exploring Pickett's prewar life as a professional army officer trained at West Point, battle-tested in Mexico, and seasoned on the western frontier, Gordon traces his return to the South in 1861 to fight for the Confederacy. She examines his experiences during the Civil War, including the famed, but failed, charge at the battle of Gettysburg, and charts the decline in his career that followed. Rather than celebrate or try to rehabilitate her subjects, Gordon asks critical questions about the Picketts and the deep and long-lasting effects the war had on men and women, marriage, and social status.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [241]-260) and index.

Introduction: a widow, her soldier, and their story -- Virginia, Illinois, and West Point, 1825-1846: perilous years -- Mexico, 1846-1848: streams of heroes -- Texas, 1848-1855: the buoyancy of youth is past -- Washington territory, 1855-1858: farther than the end of the world -- San Juan and Southern Secession, 1853-1861: the most trying circumstances -- Virginia, 1861-1862: war meant something more -- Virginia, 1862: shaking with the thunders of the battle -- Virginia, 1863: carpet-knight doings on the field -- Pennsylvania, 1863: with all this much to lose -- North Carolina, 1863-1864: you will hardly ever go back there again -- Virginia, 1864-1865: is that man still with this army? -- Canada, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., 1865-1889: we have suffered enough -- Washington, D.D., 1887-1931: I have had all and lost all.

George E. Pickett is among the most famous Confederate generals of the Civil War. But even today he remains imperfectly understood, a figure shrouded in Lost Cause mythology. In this carefully researched biography, Lesley Gordon moves beyond earlier studies of Pickett. By investigating the central role played by his wife LaSalle in controlling his historical image, Gordon illuminates Pickett's legend as well as his life.

After exploring Pickett's prewar life as a professional army officer trained at West Point, battle-tested in Mexico, and seasoned on the western frontier, Gordon traces his return to the South in 1861 to fight for the Confederacy. She examines his experiences during the Civil War, including the famed, but failed, charge at the battle of Gettysburg, and charts the decline in his career that followed. Rather than celebrate or try to rehabilitate her subjects, Gordon asks critical questions about the Picketts and the deep and long-lasting effects the war had on men and women, marriage, and social status.

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Library Journal Review

George Pickett will forever be associated with the charge at Gettysburg that bears his name. Yet "Pickett's Charge" is a misleading label, and so is much of what we know about Pickett himself. Gordon (history, Univ. of Akron) explores both the man and the stories about him, many of which were woven by his wife, LaSalle Corbett Pickett. George proved to be a mediocre Civil War commander; his personal life was marked by tragedy only partially obscured by LaSalle's efforts. Her emphasis on her husband's heroism, romanticism, and gallantry, so typical of Lost Cause mythmaking, required her to pass over less glorious episodes, including his execution of turncoat Confederate prisoners and his inept generalship at Five Forks, which won him Robert E. Lee's scorn. Although little in Gordon's rather thin account is new aside from the detailed reconstruction of the Picketts' relationship, readers looking for a concise biography will find this book rewarding.‘Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State Univ., Tempe (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Despite being widely recognized for his heroic but doomed charge at Gettysburg, George Pickett remains a relatively unknown person in all other aspects of his life. As the son of Virginia aristocracy, Pickett spent his entire life trying to emulate the manly virtues associated with the planter elite. Yet he was a poor student at West Point and seemed unmotivated by his initial military training. The Mexican War changed him forever as he found a purpose that sustained him even during routine frontier service in Texas and Washington Territory during the 1850s. The Civil War provided an opportunity for his meteoric rise, but following the 1863 debacle at Gettysburg, he blamed other officers for his failures and lost many friends. In 1863 he married LaSalle Corbell; together they resurrected his image as a dutiful soldier and noble defender of the Old South. His death in 1875 did not end the mythologizing because his wife, who outlived him by five decades, wrote books and maintained a popular lecture tour that magnified the legend. In this excellent study, Gordon ably demonstrates Pickett's accomplishments and failures, and he corrects the numerous misconceptions about his life, many of them created by LaSalle. All levels. M. L. Tate; University of Nebraska at Omaha

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