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The Civil War, as seen through the eyes of young Vincent Wingfield, a spirited teenager from the South and heir to a southern slave plantation, who staunchly supports the rights of slaves but, because of fidelity to the state of Virginia, joins Lee's cavalry and fights for the Confederacy....

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With Lee in Virginia, with eBook Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-05-14 09:19

    I admit, I skimmed through some of this book. While I loved how Henty presented the argument for the South, this book was not as good as some of his others at having the characters be part of great events. Vincent spends most of his time not fighting, but in prison or wandering around after escaping. Good, but not my favorite.

  • momma.hailey
    2019-05-10 09:19

    Over the last few evening my family (ages 5-39) has listened to this excellent audio, which we concluded tonight. What I appreciated most about this story was contemplating the Civil War from the South's perspective. It enrages me to realize that we were only taught one side in public school.....which is.....the North was good, they wanted to end slavery, therefore the South is bad. Now as an adult who has since chosen to redeem her own education, I realize why government schools wanted us to think that, but that's another conversation. To find that Lee rejoiced slavery coming to an end, yet had fought the war for State's rights made me admire him, and I look forward to studying more. Authors like GA Henty are sparse these days and I am thankful for this gem of a book.

  • Doug Cannon
    2019-05-07 07:52

    An excellent book for young kids, or teens, or someone like me who doesn't want to admit he's an adult.A great perspective of history. Henty has written nearly 100 such books, and I've only read this one. I hear they are all very good.I especially like the derogatory description of Stowe's book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in the first 5-10 pages of this book. I liked Stowe's book, but his description of it has some merit, and this work gives somewhat of a differing point of view. Seeing events from new points of view is nearly always healthy.

  • Nathan Albright
    2019-05-23 07:18

    Some time ago a friend of mine gave this audiobook as a feast present, and a few other people got other volumes. This particular volume is an audio theater reader with a talented vocal cast (including Sean Astin, Kirk Cameron, and Brian Blessed, among others), and is clearly aimed for a young audience. The subject material of this book is somewhat problematic, in that it is clearly designed to present "extraordinary adventures" on the part of those supporting the rebel cause, and given the cast it appeared pretty likely even before listening to the audiobook that the author would try to glorify the Confederate cause and present the rebel hero as a brave and courageous man and present the Confederates as good Christians. So, obviously, as someone whose sympathy for the cause of the South is limited to nonexistent [1], this is a book with a point of view that was deeply troubling and bothersome. Without a doubt the Civil War makes for good audio theater, with its dramatic battles, but the Confederate side makes for terrible heroes, with their wicked cause and corrupt conduct, about which there will be more to say here.As might be expected, this book is full of incident and seeks to present its hero, young Vincent Wingfield, as a good Christian young gentleman who improbably survives being wounded by a canon shot at First Bull Run, a murderous feud with a cruel neighbor that involves fugitive slaves and that neighbor turning into a galvanized Yankee after attempts to escape from Elmira are only partly successful after the hero and some friends are taken captive at Antietam, as well as nearly being executed as a spy outside of Petersburg, among other scrapes, including one which leads him to be the host of a somewhat unwilling young woman refugee after antagonizing a local ruffian gang. As might be expected, these escapes happen as a result of improbable circumstances, through the loyalty of slaves whose skills approach "magic Negro" levels and whose devotion to a kind master is quite out of step with contemporary standards or the likely historical reality. This book seeks to make most Northerners rather unsympathetic, contrary to historical reality, but its attempts to paint the hero, Lee, and Jackson as noble and duty-bound heroes itself cuts against historical reality in several ways. For one, the rebel officers, for all of their talk about duty and honor, themselves had betrayed their duty and oaths of loyalty to the United States government and so were without honor and acting contrary to their duties to crush rebellion. For another, in painting the protagonist in a sympathetic fashion, the author resorts to undercutting Southern society by pointing out how unjust the laws were that allowed people to beat women and children, and that made it a crime to teach slaves to read and that made it a bad thing to wish for the abolition of slavery. Likewise, the author's comment at the end that Lee had been fighting for states' rights ignores the fact that the only states' rights under dispute were the right of people to own slaves and the right of states to protect slavery without any federal interference. The book is a dishonest one from the core.And that is what makes reviewing a book like this such a painful and unpleasant chore. The book has some terrible tropes, and the book is about as racially acceptable in its viewpoint as Song of the South or Gone With The Wind, two pretty terrible films from a historical perspective. The film's historical perspective is bogus, its attempts to present the South as an honorable and Christian society misguided, its pointing to sharecropping as a just solution to the problem of dealing with freed slaves after the war deeply troubling, and its biased view towards the two sides of the Civil War offensive. This is not a book that can in any shape or form be recommended to children, because they will likely absorb its historical perspective without being very critical towards it. The fact that this bogus history is wrapped up with romance and excitement only makes it more likely to serve as poison wrapped in a sugary coating designed to appeal to young audiences. This book can only safely be recommended to those who see it as an example of misguided neoconfederate propaganda, attempting to assuage the guilt of a ruined South that had brought its disaster upon itself, rather than anything that children can enjoy without a great deal of instruction in the actual facts of the matter.[1] See, for example:

  • Ebookwormy1
    2019-05-24 07:03

    I had heard a lot about G.A. Henty and his excellent books for boys, so I wanted to read one. I was surprised to find this amidst my own books, a castoff from someone, somewhere. So I read it. There was one thing about this book that stood out very strongly to me. I have read a lot about the Civil War, but little about the war from a Southern perspective (after all, most history is written by the winners!). After reading this book, I understood to a new level of clarity why the Southerners were fighting, which constitutional issues were at stake and how/ why these principles were central to the culture of the South. Yes, it was about slavery - that i had gotten before - but Henty articulated the broader context of Southern culture and reasoning well. Perhaps he was aided by being closer to the complexities of the time.It was an enjoyable read. The main character demonstrates courage, responsibility, honor, thoughtfulness for others, self-control and perseverence amidst the backdrop of the civil war. While the hardships of war are covered, they are not glorified. Henty's work complements that of Ballantyne, who wrote during the same time for the same audience, young men. However, both were so compelling that young women and adults joined in the adventure. Written in the nineteeth century, there is a goodness in these tales, a simpleness in the view of the world that we have lost as our world became smaller in modern times. It seems a good thing to give young people, particularly those who read voraciously as between Henty and Ballantyne they will find more than 200 titles between them. I would also add the later writing Arthur Ransom to the list. A resurgence of interest in these authors by the home school community has made them more widely available. We found ours as e-books and got them for free from Amazon, it only cost us the time to download so many. This is not classic literature at its best and the story does not remain with me, but, overall, I found this to be an excellent book for a young person to read. The story was adventurous and moving, the main character a young man, and there is a lot here to contribute to moral development.The Coral Island, Ballantyne, 1857 & Amazons, Ransom, 1930 more insight into Southern perspective on the Civil War in the historical fiction genre, seeCandle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire #1), Austin, 2002

  • Janet
    2019-04-25 08:58

    Interesting book, written around 130 years ago by Henty, an Englishman, who wrote adventure stories for boys centered around historical characters or events. This book tells the story of a young man, Vincent, whose father is English and his mother is a Virginian, heiress to a large estate near Richmond. The story starts around 1861 and goes through 1864. Vincent enlists in the army and has many adventures and meets all the major Southern figures of that time such as Stonewall Jackson, JEB Stuart and of course Robert E. Lee. As I grew up in Virginia near Manassas and my grandmother was from Georgia, I grew up listening to stories of the South which were similar to many of the sentiments expressed in the book. Henty does address the evils of slavery and Vincent who had spent some of his childhood in England is very concerned about slavery and is opposed to it. However, his loyalty was first to his state, Virginia, and then to the United States. I did enjoy the book and would like to read some of Henty's other books. His style is old-fashioned and he does spend a lot of time and detail on the battles. If you want to read a book about the American Civil War that was written close to the time it describes, I recommend this.

  • Rick Davis
    2019-04-30 02:53

    Well, it was a Henty book. Like most Henty books, it featured one-dimensional cookie cutter characters, a flawless protagonist, and predictable by-the-numbers plot. More so than the other Henty books I've read, this one feels like a history book. Aside from the main plot and the characters involved, the battles and progression of the war sounded like they were simply lifted from a textbook. There is no description of these events, and you never get the sense of what it was like to be part of the war.On the other hand, it felt like Henty had a strong handle on the culture of the South leading up to and during the war, and really understood all the issues involved.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-22 02:04

    Great historical fiction.

  • Mark A.
    2019-05-10 07:58

    GA Henty standard fare well worth the read

  • Tori
    2019-05-09 07:14

    So I decided I kinda didn't like this book, and I almost get hurt by my brother when I told him so. Apparently it's one of his favorite books. :S (But then, my brother isn't that big of a reader... so maybe he hasn't read better books?)Anyway, he of course asked why I would do such a thing, and here are my reasons:1. A few to many things happened a bit to easily.(view spoiler)[ Like the captain in the beginning, taking the slave. I doubt you have someone you've never met risk his job and his ship to take a slave out of the country. It could have been done, of course, but I doubt two minutes of talking would have done it. And then it seems everyone was on the southern side. (except the bad guys, of course). Every house he went to he found someone so willing to risk everything for the south that they would take care of him. And I don't see a general telling a prisoner of war how much he thought the other side did well. A little too informal.Now on the other hand, the slave he had saved being their at the end to save him, that I can live with. Maybe people would say that's much more unrealistic, but it does round out the story beginning to end.(hide spoiler)]2. The characters were flat.Very very flat. All perfect. And you know how when you're reading civil war letters and they have that certain feel to them? They spoke in a certain way. Not in the book. Disappointing. It would have made up so much of the issues.3. Lee was hardly in the book.This was just a mild annoyance, but when the book is titled With Lee in Virginia, you think there might be some little bit of General Lee. Nope, not until the fourth to last chapter do you ever even see him.4. The battle scenes were terribly written.You know those history books that are so good they read more like a novel? Well, this novel had the opposite thing happen when it came to battle scenes. It read like a history book. And not in the good way. It would give too much detail and not enough flavor.For example: You last see the main character sitting at a campfire at night. Next thing you know you're thrown into battle description. Federals have some odd number of men here. South has lost this many men in this charge. Dry things like that presented not much more interesting than that. And not a word about the main character! After the whole battle is over, and you know how it ends, you finally hear "During the first charge the main character went out once, but that was about it." I mean, not literally, but that was about it. No word about the sound of artillery booming in the distance, the feel of the ground shaking as the horses stampeded past you. None! Oh so dry.5. The love story was underdeveloped.You know the two characters are going to get together in the end, obviously. But after them knowing each other for several chapters and no hint at it, and then suddenly they both say they love each other... I was like "Wait, what?! When did that happen?!?"6. The writing was choppy and didn't flow.Well, there it was. And after writing my er, review *cough* rant *cough* I wonder if the book only deserves one star... (please tell me other people do this sometimes too.) But I'll stick with two. Because I did get a rough view of the civil war. And there were some scenes that were good. And the last 3 or 4 chapters were much better than the rest of the book. And I don't want to get chewed out by my brother anymore. :P

  • Alyssa Tabor
    2019-05-09 05:19

    Listened to the Heirloom Audio production of this work.

  • Bookworm
    2019-04-27 05:03

    This was an interesting and informative read, although it took me awhile to gt through it, because he gives so much information during each battle that my poor brain was overtaxed at first. However, I enjoyed it better once a little over half-way through, so maybe I was just not in the right frame of mind when I started it. I do have some disagreement with the authors portrayal of the situation-for instance, he glosses over loss quickly, and makes it sound like after every battle the soldiers were still full of high moral and ready to fight another glorious battle, until he gets closer to the end, when he begins to finally mention the exhaustion of the soldiers. And being a Missouri gal, I didn't like how of little importance we figured in the history-we had more bloodshed and violence than Henty would ever know. Yet it was just mentioned with slight outrage by some of the characters.And then Vincent, who at sixteen and on upward never makes a wrong calculation, is a bit hard to be considered realistic. However, I loved Lucy-who wouldn't?! I did learn more about the battles, thank to him, even though I had my few complaints to make.

  • Amy
    2019-05-09 04:54

    I started reading this book to my husband one night while we were up late working on a project. It has taken us several weeks to finish, but he really enjoyed it. It is definatly a boy book. I read it to him becuause I thought he would be interested and I wanted to learn more about the Civil War from the South's point of view. I had just finished Gone With The Wind and wanted to learn more. In this book you do learn more specifics about the battles and the generals from both sides, but I was disapointed in that I didn't learn as much from this book about the why's as I did from the previously mentioned book. However, it is definatly a book that I will encourage my yound sons to read. Not only is is an interesting adventure to be had by a young boy but it is richly intertwined with hisotrical information, and great character traits.

  • Rose
    2019-04-25 09:06

    This little known gem was one of my absolute favorite books growing up. Vincent Wingfield, a loyal Virginian joins the Confederate Army at the first opportunity, and rapidly finds himself doing dangerous work behind the lines. Supported by two of his own freed slaves, Vincent’s adventures show us a look at how a true Southern gentleman would have been. This was written in the late 1800s, so it is very accurate, being written roughly 30 years after the war.This book looks boldly into the subject of slavery and demonstrates the social opinion on slave holding and treatment when Vincent horsewhips a neighbor who was flogging a slave and his friends nod approvingly. “That fellow sets us all in a bad light.”It also shows how the Southerners fought for their own constitutional rights, and how they loved their country. Everyone should read this, it is beyond good.

  • Sarah Crawford
    2019-05-05 07:19

    An excellent book using one person as a link to tell a personal story of the Civil War from an anti-slave Southerner point of view. The book is the story of a man who does own slaves and believes in the Southern cause, joining the military and going through a rather wide variety of very dangerous missions. He serves some time in a Northern prison, has a major run in with the son of a very famous American, has a slave that is totally devoted to him, fights in various battles, nearly gets killed more than one time, finds a potential wife and even talks to Lee himself. The book covers all this yet, at the same time, is an excellent read and very realistic.

  • Ian
    2019-05-25 10:14

    The ending is a little Polyannish, and glosses over the massive disenfranchisement and exploitation that followed the South's defeat during the radical phases of reconstruction, but still a pretty great book. Henty seemed to have some trouble putting his character in the battle, and so there are stretches of battle where we forget about our character, and then phases where there are character stories but nothing about the battle. Still, the historical content here is vivid, memorable and avoids oversimplification, and the characters lovable and admirable.

  • Tarissa
    2019-05-04 08:58

    My second read from G.A. Henty. A good, wholesome story that the entire family can enjoy. The action and battles in all likely reel in the attention of adventurous boys."With Lee in Virginia" is the story of a young man who faces many decisions over the course of the Civil War. He must choose what he believes in, even when it sways from his family, and must fight honorably. I certainly enjoyed the book myself!

  • Renee
    2019-05-24 05:18

    This was a book that my fifth and sixth grade students were required to read in school this fall. It is written from a southern point of view. The adventures Vincent has throughout the civil war were very entertaining and exciting. However, he hardly interacts with Lee, the ending is very abrupt, and it has a very tolerant view of slavery. The students enjoyed the book a lot and it went well with our historical study of the war.

  • Ebookwormy1
    2019-05-25 04:02

    G.A. Henty writes excellent books for young men and this book is no exception. Written for a younger audience, the protagonist demonstrates admirable character - even under difficult circumstances. The plot here is the weakness as everything ties up a bit neatly - and predictably - at the end. Nonetheless, a excellent book recommended for young readers.

  • Michael Jones
    2019-05-05 05:12

    Perhaps this is an over glorified version of how things might go in those circumstances, but I think this is a well told tale. It reminds us that there were some very fine people in the South who lost their lives when they were invaded.This tale is enhanced by Vin's terrific espionage.

  • bird
    2019-05-06 03:21

    The Henty books were required school reading for me back in middle school and while some of them bored me to the point of tears, this one was always my favorite. The characters were good, it had lots of action, and from what I remember it was really well told. Boys and girls will love this one.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-19 07:17

    This was really good, The historical accuracy is impressive. Though there were a few sections that were just a little boring to me giving figures about the war. Still, very informative, and for the most part interesting.

  • John
    2019-05-04 10:05

    Another Henty boy's book that is well written from the boy's perspective on the American Civil War

  • Madonna
    2019-05-01 09:00

    I liked this book, because I love history. But, some people have said it is boring. But, as I said, I really liked it.

  • William Gillette
    2019-04-27 09:06

    Entertaining read. It was interesting to look at the viewpoint in the book on controversial issues like slavery and states rights.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-01 05:13

    A very good Henty classic

  • Denae Christine
    2019-05-18 10:14

    GAH is good. His dialogue is superb, and his plots are intriguing, evn though they're all the same. I love how Vincent's good deeds kept repaying him with good friends.

  • Joshua
    2019-05-01 08:15

    This is by var my favorite Henty book.

  • Josiah Stanton
    2019-05-19 02:06

    I think it's a great book to learn the feeling of the civil war from the perspective of the south. Excellent book!

  • Hannah
    2019-05-14 07:20

    I found this book to not be as good as most of Henty's, as some of the history is inaccurate.