Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia
A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served Under Robert E. Lee
By Joseph T. Glatthaar
(University of North Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9780807834923, 209pp.)
Publication Date: June 2011
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While gathering research materials for "General Lee's Army," Glatthaar compiled quantitative data on the background and service of 600 randomly selected soldiers--150 artillerists, 150 cavalrymen, and 300 infantrymen--affording him fascinating insight into the prewar and wartime experience of Lee's troops. "Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia" presents the full details of this fresh, important primary research in a way that is useful to scholars and students and appeals to anyone with a serious interest in the Civil War. While confirming much of what is believed about the army, Glatthaar's evidence challenges some conventional thinking in significant ways, such as showing that nearly half of all Lee's soldiers lived in slaveholding households (a number higher than previously thought), and provides a broader and fuller portrait of the men who served under General Lee.