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Wars within a WarControversy and Conflict over the American Civil War$
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Joan Waugh and Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832752

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898444_waugh

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Profile in Leadership: Generalship and Resistance in Robert E. Lee's First Month in Command of the Army of Northern Virginia

Profile in Leadership: Generalship and Resistance in Robert E. Lee's First Month in Command of the Army of Northern Virginia

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(p.68) Profile in Leadership: Generalship and Resistance in Robert E. Lee's First Month in Command of the Army of Northern Virginia
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Wars within a War
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Joseph T. Glatthaar

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898444_waugh.7

This chapter focuses on Robert E. Lee's first month as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. With the Rebel army's back to Richmond and powerful resistance to his leadership both inside and outside of the army, Lee implemented a plan so comprehensive that it altered his army's culture. He dictated changes in behavior among officers and enlisted men that paved the way for improvements in combat and husbanded valuable resources. While not wholly successful in changing army culture to meet his own desires, Lee did alter it enough to enable the army to extend its ability to fight for almost three more years.

Keywords:   Robert E. Lee, leadership, army culture

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