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American Civil War. Biographies by Kevin Hillstrom

By Kevin Hillstrom

Part of Gale's American Civil warfare Reference Library, American Civil struggle: Biographies deals exact essays at the lives of 60 participants in volumes. The 1,200- to 2,400-word essays are observed by way of sidebars, additional studying lists, cross-references and extra. every one quantity contains a chronology, undertaking feedback, a name/subject index and extra.

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In 1810, however, serious financial problems changed the family’s living situation. Harry Lee lost the family fortune in a series of poor business decisions. The situation became so bad that he was thrown in debtor’s prison (a special jail that held people who failed to pay off financial debts), and the Lee family was forced to leave Stratford. They moved to a modest home in Alexandria, Virginia. Harry Lee did manage to secure his release from jail, but he did not provide much assistance to his family after his return.

Again and again, rebel troops crashed against Meade’s defenses in hopes of smashing through and seizing victory. But the Army of the Potomac fought bravely, refusing to cave in to the rebel attacks. The battle finally ended on July 3, when Lee ordered a disastrous charge at the heart of the Union defenses. This attack—known as “Pickett’s Charge” after one of the Confederate officers who led the offensive—ended in complete failure for the South. Union weaponry easily shattered the advance. Shocked by this disastrous turn of events, Lee gathered his battered army together and retreated back to Virginia.

Lee spent his first three years at Stratford Hall, a fine mansion along the banks of the Potomac River that had been home to the Lee family for several generations. In 1810, however, serious financial problems changed the family’s living situation. Harry Lee lost the family fortune in a series of poor business decisions. The situation became so bad that he was thrown in debtor’s prison (a special jail that held people who failed to pay off financial debts), and the Lee family was forced to leave Stratford.

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