In this sophisticated quantitative study, Joseph T. Glatthaar
provides a comprehensive narrative and statistical analysis of many
key aspects of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
Serving as a companion to Glatthaar's General Lee's Army: From
Victory to Collapse
, this book presents Glatthaar's supporting
data and major conclusions in extensive and extraordinary
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
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.