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Soldiering in the Army of Northern VirginiaA Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee$
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Joseph T. Glatthaar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834923

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877869_glatthaar

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(p.166) Conclusion
Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia

Joseph T. Glatthaar

University of North Carolina Press

This book concludes by showing how Lee's army was regarded by the general public. In September 1862, 58-year-old Baltimorean Elizabeth Phoebe Key Howard cheered for close to five hours as men from Stonewall Jackson's old division marched past her. “The Confederate army was a sight that almost overcame me,” she admitted to her husband. “Dirty, (I must say it) bronzed by exposure—marked by hardship & suffering—badly clad from want—yet with a look of firm patient and cheerful endurance and unflinching courage and determination.” They were unlike any people Howard had ever seen. Mexican War veteran William Pitt Ballinger was not quite so wordy, but in eight words summarized these and other sentiments when he exclaimed in his diary after yet another Confederate victory, “What a glorious army that of Lee is.”

Keywords:   Lee's army, Stonewall Jackson, Confederate army, William Pitt Ballinger

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