I was passing through the Union Station in Kansas City in July, 1943 when I purchased the first volume of Lee's Lts.
I had just been unducted in the army that May and was returning to Ft. Leavenworth from a three-day pass to my home-town in western Kansas.
I acquired the second volume prior to my giing iover-seasin Sept. 1944. Each volume cost $ 5.00
During the Battle of the Bulge, my parents mailed me Volume three. I carried in a tin container the rest of the war but it is noticeably more faded today than the other two volumes.
My father thought I was out of my skull - fighting one war and reading about another.
Douglas Southall Freeman was such an admirer of the Army of Northern Virginia that he "cleaned-up" any adverse references about that army or his hero, Lee.