“ONE OF THE EPIC WORKS ON THE CONFEDERATE ARMIES”: FIRST EDITION OF LEE’S LIEUTENANTS, SIGNED BY FREEMAN
FREEMAN, Douglas Southall. Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942-44. Three volumes. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jackets. $2500.
First editions of all three volumes of Freeman’s important study of Lee’s officers, signed by Freeman in Volume I, profusely illustrated with numerous full-page photographs, as well as many maps and battle plans, including a double-page map and a large folding map of the Army’s battlegrounds, in original dust jackets.
"One of the epic works on the Confederate armies, these exhaustively researched and brilliantly written volumes deserve to be read by all Civil War students. Freeman employs an amazing quantity of information, much of it gleaned from Confederate sources in Richmond, and he is an interesting and intelligent writer, offering insights into a multiplicity of actions and personalities. The three hefty volumes cover the period following Sumter to the end of the Peninsular campaign (Volume I), Second Bull Run to Chancellorsville (Volume II), and the Gettysburg campaign to war's end (Volume III)" (Eicher 971). Lee's Lieutenants supplements Freeman's classic biography of Lee and "stands in its own right as one of the great works of military history" (In Tall Cotton, 61). His "success with Lee's Lieutenants was brilliant. His advantage, of course, was that he was already profoundly versed in Confederate military lore, but, for a Virginia patriot, he brought a Homeric resonance to such episodes as the death of 'Stonewall' Jackson. Being so completely at home with his material, and so little inclined to yield to the demythologizing instincts of the revisionist historian (and still less to those of the debunker), Freeman was able to pass judgment with calm authority" (DAB). All volumes first edition, first issue with Scribner's "A" on copyright page. Dornbusch III:1390. Owner pencil signature in Volumes II and III.
Books near-fine, dust jackets with a bit of light wear to extremities, generally clean and very good. Desirable signed.