Alexandria Goes to WarBeyond Robert E. Lee
Kundahl, George G.
Paper Edition, $26.95t
Paper ISBN: 1-57233-933-0
Status: In Print
Description“Well written and based on significant archival research.”—Civil War Book Review
On the eve of the Civil War, Alexandria, Virginia, was a bustling city with a rich cultural heritage and a booming economy. Alexandrians staunchly supported staying in the Union; yet, once Virginia voted to secede, the community sent its men off to fight for the Confederacy. This shift in political allegiance was not dissimilar to changes occurring across the Upper South. What made Alexandria significant was that a community of 12,600 residents provided leadership and excellence disproportionate to its numbers.
Alexandria Goes to War chronicles the lives of sixteen men and women—some well known and some not so well known—whose service made the city unique, including General Robert E. Lee and his son Custis; Samuel Cooper, the senior general in the Confederate army; and Commodore French Forrest.
The accounts of these lives represent not only a single community’s contribution to the America’s redefining contest but also highlight the diverse endeavors that constituted the Southern war effort. Their stories reflect the sacrifices made throughout the region for a cause that became hopeless.
George G. Kundahl served as executive director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as a principal deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Defense. After thirty-four years of commissioned service in the U.S. Army, he is now major general, US Army Retired. He is the author of Confederate Engineer: Training and Campaigning with John Morris Wampler.
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