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The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth… Stonewall Jackson

Thomas Jefferson may stand in the center of the rotunda but it is Stonewall Jackson who still stands watch outside the Virginia State Capital

Stonewall : a biography of  General Thomas J. Jackson New York : W.W. Norton,  1992 Byron Farwell Confederate States of  America. Army Biography, Jackson, Stonewall, 1824- 1863 Book. xiii, 560 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.  Includes bibliographical references (p. [533]-540) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding. No  highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG  

The charismatic Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, who began his military career in the Mexican War, earned his great fame in the Civil War in a series of brilliantly fought battles. Jackson became known for defeating larger armies, by out marching, out thinking and out fighting them. Union troops  were tied up trying to catch Jackson’s troops and when they did catch him, they usually got whipped by the out numbered and lesser supplied Southern Soldiers.

Jackson had great campaigns at both Bull Run battles, Antietnam and at Fredericksburg. It was at First Bull Run that he got the name “Stonewall Jackson”. Confederate troops were beginning to break and run. Jackson’s troops refused to fall back and he and they held their ground. Upon seeing this Brig. Gen Barnett Elliott Bee exclaimed to his men “”There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Follow me”.

At the battle of Chancellorsville Jackson was sent on a daring flanking maneuver by Lee, a very successful against Union General Hooker, but while returning to his camp in the dark Jackson was shot. Stonewall Jackson had his left arm removed and was thought to be recovering. However with no drugs to fight infection he developed pneumonia from his wounds, and died on May 10, 1863, 8 days after being shot. When he learned of Jackson’s wounds, General Robert E Lee was quoted as saying “Jackson has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right”.

Byron Farwell’s narrative recounts Jackson’s military genius and adds the dimension of his unique personality whose values transcended his time and place and were guided by courage and honor. Radically different from the popular version that grew up after Jackson’s untimely death at in 1863 this book gives us the complete man as a complex character at once deeply devout and completely committed to the Cause.


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