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At the Forefront of Lee’s Invasion

Kirk Winkler

Robert J. Wynstra sheds new light on Gen. Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North in his book, At the Forefront of Lee's Invasion. Focusing on the Confederate infantry's advance into lower Pennsylvania, Wynstra examines the interactions between the soldiers and the pro-Union civilian population. This captivating account highlights the cultural divide and the struggle for discipline within the Confederate army. By utilizing rare primary sources, such as soldiers' letters and eyewitness accounts, Wynstra offers a fresh perspective on this pivotal moment in history. Published by The Kent State University Press and available as an audiobook from University Press Audiobooks.

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Gen. Robert E. Lee's audacious invasion of the North during the Civil War is a well-documented chapter in American history. However, in his new book, At the Forefront of Lee's Invasion, Robert J. Wynstra delves deeper into this pivotal moment, offering readers a captivating account of the Confederate infantry's march into lower Pennsylvania and their interactions with the civilian population.


The book focuses on the Army of Northern Virginia's famed Second Corps, led by Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell, as they advanced north toward the decisive battle of Gettysburg. The Confederate soldiers' month-long journey included a major battle, multiple skirmishes, and encounters with Union sympathizers.

The Cultural Divide

One of the striking aspects of Lee's invasion was the stark cultural divide between the Confederate troops and the pro-Union civilians they encountered. Wynstra explores the tensions that arose due to the differing ideologies and the desire among the Confederate soldiers to seek retribution for perceived Federal outrages in the South.

The Struggle for Discipline

Ewell and his commanders were constantly faced with the challenge of maintaining discipline among the troops as they pushed further into Union territory. Striving to uphold Southern honor while curbing misconduct and plundering, Ewell tirelessly worked to rein in his men's desire for revenge.

A Fresh Perspective

What sets Wynstra's book apart is his extensive use of primary sources, including soldiers' letters, eyewitness accounts, diaries, and postwar damage claims. By drawing upon these lesser-known documents, he provides a fresh perspective on the invasion, filling a gap in the existing historiography of the campaign.

Publisher Information

The book, published by The Kent State University Press, promises to be an authoritative and well-researched account of Lee's invasion. For those who prefer to listen to books, the audiobook version is published by University Press Audiobooks. With its meticulous attention to historical detail and engaging narrative, At the Forefront of Lee's Invasion is a must-read for Civil War enthusiasts.

Additional Info

Book Name: At the Forefront of Lee’s Invasion
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Authors: Robert J. Wynstra
Narrators: Kirk Winkler
Genres: History
Audiobook Length: 14H21M
Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Language: English
Publish Date: 2019-09-24
Last Price: 14.95 USD

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What was the purpose of Gen. Robert E. Lee's invasion into the North?

Gen. Robert E. Lee's invasion into the North aimed to clear Virginia's Shenandoah Valley of Federal troops and reach the Maryland shore of the Potomac River.

When did the Confederate infantry cross into lower Pennsylvania?

The Confederate infantry crossed into lower Pennsylvania a week after reaching the Maryland shore of the Potomac River, on June 15, 1863.

Which Confederate infantry corps led the invasion into the North?

The Army of Northern Virginia's famed Second Corps, commanded by Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell, led the way as Lee's veteran soldiers advanced north.

What major battle took place during the move to the North?

The major battle at Winchester, Virginia, resulted in more than 5,000 casualties.

Were there any skirmishes during the invasion into the North?

Yes, there were five skirmishes in which more than 100 men were killed, wounded, and captured in each.

What were the Confederate troops' interactions with the civilian population like in the North?

The interactions with the people in the lush Cumberland Valley and the neighboring parts of the state involved efforts to control the troops' desire for retribution and plundering, while maintaining discipline and upholding Southern honor.

What primary sources were used in this study of the Confederate invasion into the North?

This study draws on primary sources such as soldiers' letters, eyewitness accounts published in local newspapers, manuscripts and diaries in small historical societies, and postwar damage claims from the invasion.

Who is the author of this audiobook?

The author of this audiobook is Robert J. Wynstra.

Who is the publisher of this audiobook?

The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.


9 reviews for this audiobook
  • Sa
    Sarah 29-Sep-2023

    This audiobook is a captivating account of Lee's invasion. I couldn't stop listening to it!

  • Jo
    John 02-Oct-2023

    Robert J. Wynstra did an exceptional job with this audiobook. It felt like I was right there on the battlefield.

  • Em
    Emma 08-Oct-2023

    I've always been fascinated by Lee's invasion, and this audiobook provided a wealth of new information. Highly recommended!

  • Ry
    Ryan 26-Oct-2023

    I'm not usually a history buff, but this audiobook drew me in from the start. The storytelling is incredible.

  • La
    Laura 07-Nov-2023

    If you're interested in the Civil War, you won't be disappointed with this audiobook. It's informative and engaging.

  • Al
    Alex 12-Dec-2023

    Lee's invasion is a pivotal moment in history, and this audiobook does justice to the events. A must-listen!

  • Em
    Emily 30-Dec-2023

    I couldn't put this audiobook down. The narrative is so well-crafted and the details are mesmerizing.

  • Mi
    Michael 17-Feb-2024

    As a history enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It's well-researched and presents a balanced perspective.

  • So
    Sophia 13-Apr-2024

    Lee's invasion comes to life in this audiobook. I felt like I was experiencing it firsthand.

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