Gone for Soldiers

Gone for Soldiers

Book - 2003
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Thirteen years before ihe outbreak of the conflict that in many ways still defines and divides our nation, many of the leaders on oppositesides of that war, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Longstreet, Jackson, Hancock, et. al., traveled to Mexico to battle the wily andenigmatic Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Told primarily through the eyes of two very different men, Robert E. Lee andGeneral Winfield Scott, GONE FOR SOLDIERS is not merely the story of the two-year struggle on unfamiliar soil.It is also the story of an untested engineer first experiencing the horrors of war and assuming a position as a leader of men. Fortunately forCaptain Lee, he can observe and benefit from the wisdom and guidance of a veteran commander. From the time the American troopslanded at Vera Cruz, General Winfield Scott, known somewhat affectionately as Old Fuss and Feathers for his considerable temper, seessomething special in the quiet, dignified Virginian. Whether General Scott is assigning Lee duty as a scout, as the engineer in charge ofgun placements, or as a trusted confidante to whom he can't vent his frustrations over Washington's interference and the politicalbackbiting taking place on his own command staff, the two men develop a deep, if unspoken, regard for one another.Combining stirring battle scenes with the kind of penetrating psychological and strategic insight that made all ofJeffShaara's novelsbestsellers, GONE FOR SOLDIERS is sure to make its own place in history.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003, 2000.
ISBN: 9780345427526
Characteristics: 492 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm.


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May 16, 2011

Stunningly powerful; Shaara captures the voices of Winfield Scott and Robert E. Lee perfectly in the novel recounting the events of the often overlooked Mexican war.


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