Somebody needs to stand up for Robert E. Lee. After having him win the Battle of Gettysburg decisively, William Forstchen and Newt Gingrich have him lose the entire Army of Northern Virginia--the entire army--to U.S. Grant before the end of 1863.
No way. No how. Even though he did order Pickett's Charge, Marse Robert was a *very* good general. Unless outnumbered more than five-to-one (as Lee was at Appomattox), it takes a John Bell Hood or a John Pemberton or a Simon Buckner to lose an entire army under Civil War conditions.
Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory (New York: Thomas Dunne: 0312342985).
But we should never forget what the power elite of the South was fighting for. Here it is in their own words: