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With Lee in Virginia

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

Vincent Wingfield is the son of a wealthy Virginian planter. When the country goes to war, he enlists in the cavalry, and sees action under the various generals commanding the army in and near Virginia. He has several private adventures as well, including a personal enemy, prison escape, rescue of a young lady, and spying expedition. He rises in rank in the Confederate army, and after the war is over, he marries and returns home to manage his mother's plantation.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Andrew Jackson talked the matter over with his son, and both agreed that Vincent's conduct was suspicious. His own people said he had been away for five days in the boat. The people at Furniss' knew nothing about this, and therefore there must be some mystery about it, and they doubted not that that mystery was connected with the runaway slave, and they guessed that he had either taken Tony and landed him near the mouth of the York River on the northern shore, or that he had put him on board a ship. They agreed, however, that whatever their suspicions, they had not sufficient grounds for openly accusing Vincent of aiding their runaway.


While Vincent had been occupied with the affairs of Tony and his wife, public events had moved forward rapidly. The South Carolina Convention met in the third week in December, and on the 20th of that month the Ordinance of Secession was passed. On the 10th of January, three days after Vincent re. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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, "Un

Although originally written in 1890, Henty's 'With Lee in Virginia' has a very modern feel to it and, as its sub-title implies, it is a story of the American Civil War. I mention that because it reads very much like a history rather than simply a story with the main character interwoven around histo

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 fro

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 Richm

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 W

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.....whi

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

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