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Defeating Lee
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Fair Oaks, the Seven Days, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Petersburg -- the list of significant battles fought by the Second Corps, Army of the Potomac, is a long and distinguished one. This absorbing history of the Second Corps follows the unit's creation and rise to prominence, the battles that earned it a reputation for hard fighting, and the legacy its veterans sought to maintain in the years after the Civil War. More than an account of battles, Defeating Lee gets to the heart of what motivated these men, why they fought so hard, and how they sustained a spirited defense of cause and country long after the guns had fallen silent.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. 1 Beginnings The Organization of the Second Corps
  2. pp. 1-27
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  1. 2 Apprenticeship The Peninsula and Maryland Campaigns
  2. pp. 28-64
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  1. 3 Defeat The Fredericksburg Campaign
  2. pp. 65-92
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  1. 4 Pinnacle The Winter Encampment of 1863 through the Gettysburg Campaign
  2. pp. 93-125
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  1. 5 Rebuilding Bristoe Station to Stevensburg
  2. pp. 126-153
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  1. 6 Carnage The Overland Campaign
  2. pp. 154-191
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  1. 7 Victory The Petersburg and Appomattox Campaigns
  2. pp. 192-226
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  1. 8 Memories The Postwar Era
  2. pp. 227-256
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 257-288
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 289-344
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-374
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 375-387
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