Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War

Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War Thomas Jonathan Jackson was the most renowned and skillful commander of Confederate troops in the Civil War Not even Lee or Stuart matched his purely military intelligence his intransigence at Bull Ru

  • Title: Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War
  • Author: G.F.R. Henderson
  • ISBN: 2940000754061
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Nook
  • Thomas Jonathan Jackson was the most renowned and skillful commander of Confederate troops in the Civil War Not even Lee or Stuart matched his purely military intelligence his intransigence at Bull Run which earned him the name Stonewall , his knack for knowing when to attack and retreat, which he showed throughout the Shenandoah campaign, his tactical brilliance at ChThomas Jonathan Jackson was the most renowned and skillful commander of Confederate troops in the Civil War Not even Lee or Stuart matched his purely military intelligence his intransigence at Bull Run which earned him the name Stonewall , his knack for knowing when to attack and retreat, which he showed throughout the Shenandoah campaign, his tactical brilliance at Chancellorsville He was stern, a strict Calvinist, a single minded officer for whom religion and the army were everything Yet he had the undivided loyalty of the men he commanded This classic biography by the British historian G F R Henderson, first published in 1898, is a meticulous study of Jackson s military campaigns from the Mexican War where he served under Winfield Scott to his death in 1863 at Chancellorsville A romantic view of a great hero, inflected by the political views of the day, this work has remained a standard account of one of the Civil War s great warriors, here introduced by one of the Civil War s best historians.

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    1. The best account of Stonewall that was ever printed. Published close to the time frame of his life, this 2 volume work was also compiled by a good British Officer - the outside view looking in is simply astounding. Anyone interested in the War Between the States and either side of the war; should read this book.

    2. A great accounting of Stonewall Jackson's activity during the Civil War. The author originally wrote the book in the late 1800's after corresponding with members of Jackson's staff in order to get primary source material.

    3. Interesting but verboseI’m no student of military strategy and history, so I found maybe half the book uninteresting, comparing Jackson to Napoleon and English generals. I did find interesting the portrait of Jackson and description of the actual battles.

    4. A very informative look at the career of Stonewall Jackson. This was written 120 years ago and the author refers continuously to events of the 19th century (of which I know little). The leadership qualities of Jackson as well as his tactics and strategy are discussed at length and compared with great leaders from the Napoleanic Wars and many others. The author undoubtedly has a bias in favor of Jackson and the south but, aside from the Peninsula Campaign, Jackson did had remarkable success. It w [...]

    5. A first-rate biography of one of the most important military figures in history. At nearly 1000 pages, this book examines every facet of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and shows why he was the most important cog in the Confederate war machine until his death in 1863. Although the book is quite lengthy, every page and paragraph has a purpose and provides incredible detail into the life of this man. The book is a little biased in that there it rarely finds fault with Jackson's actions or moti [...]

    6. A slow reader, I rarely tackle 800-page tomes, but this was the second one for me in less than a year and it was well worth the lengthy visit. G F R Henderson was a military man as well as an author and this detailed account of Stonewall Jackson's Civil War efforts is a masterpiece. Henderson, from England, amazed me with his detailed descriptions of geography and Americanhistoryspecially the politics of the Civil War era.This book was educational for me.I learned much about how the war was foug [...]

    7. Two contradictions stuck me while reading this book: 1. Henderson belittles Union generals relentlessly throughout the book yet at the same time attempts to make the case that Jackson is a great general. Would Jackson have been as successful had he faced Grant Sherman or Sheridan? 2. Jackson is devoutly christian yet he can't wait to kill more Yankees. He is quoted saying as much. I guess god told him it was ok to kill his enemies. Foote called him a religious fanatic. He was probably right. I b [...]

    8. Excellent biography of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. One of the greatest Confederate generals during the American Civil War. He fought in the Mexican War then became a professor at the Virginia Military Institute. He studied artillery tactics which he later used in the battles that he fought in the Civil War. He was also a devoted Christian. During the battle that he fought at Chancellorsville, He was accidentally shot and wounded by his own men where his left arm was amputated that was wounded. H [...]

    9. Excellent book on all fronts. Great information on the Civil War from the point of view of a British general written close to the time of the events.Insights to the genius generalship and solid Christian character of the man Stonewall Jackson.

    10. America's Cromwell, Jackson was perhaps the war's best tactician. This biography is a classic no civil war library should be without.

    11. Though a big book I was captivated to the end. Lessons galore from a perspective and a man thoroughly Christian in the great war of the states. Highly recommend.

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