The riveting true story of Robert E. Lee, the brilliant soldier bound
by marriage to George Washington’s family but turned by war
against Washington’s crowning achievement, the Union.
On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George
Washington and the hopes of leaders across a divided land. Both North
and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of Washington’s most
famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington’s adopted child.
Each side sought his service for high command. Lee could choose only
|In The Man Who Would Not
Be Washington, former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn
how the officer most associated with Washington went to war against the
union that Washington had forged.
researched and gracefully written biography follows Lee through married
life, military glory, and misfortune. The story that emerges is more
complicated, more tragic, and more illuminating than the familiar tale.
More complicated because the unresolved question of slavery—the
of disunion—was among the personal legacies that Lee inherited
Washington. More tragic because the Civil War destroyed the people and
places connecting Lee to Washington in agonizing and astonishing ways.
More illuminating because the battle for Washington’s legacy
nation that America is today. As Washington was the man who would not
be king, Lee was the man who would not be Washington. The choice was
Lee’s. The story is America’s.
The Man Who Would Not Be Washington
Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision That Changed American
by Jonathan Horn
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