Virginia’s General (Atheneum, 1994)

Virginia’s General: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War

Albert Marrin

This biography of Robert E. Lee presents an officer admired for his kindness, generosity and courtesy. Lee’s tactics are still studied today by military strategists. He disliked slavery and was opposed to the idea of secession, but his loyalty to Virginia, and to his friends and family there, convinced him to join the Rebel cause. The Civil War, as fought by Lee, the man, comes to life in this biography. His devotion to a losing cause is shown in all its nobility and despair.


A complicated and well-considered mesh of personal anecdotes, letters, reports, songs, images and events, the book has the texture of an episode in the PBS Civil War series, with the added dimension of analyzing Lee’s motivations.

—School Library Journal