Confederate General: Stonewall Jackson

Overview

During the Civil War, Colonel Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson inspired Southerners time and again with his determination and confidence. His firm stand and clever strategies turned Confederate despair into hope, and defeat into victories that baffled Union troops and caused them to retreat. But a tragedy ended his life at the age of 39, in the middle of a war that was not yet over. It was an unexpected turn of events for Southerners, an event that possibly cost them the war.

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Overview

During the Civil War, Colonel Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson inspired Southerners time and again with his determination and confidence. His firm stand and clever strategies turned Confederate despair into hope, and defeat into victories that baffled Union troops and caused them to retreat. But a tragedy ended his life at the age of 39, in the middle of a war that was not yet over. It was an unexpected turn of events for Southerners, an event that possibly cost them the war.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
A relatively short but still solid biography of this Civil War leader, this text takes a story-telling stance, placing the reader in the midst of battles and considering the feelings as well as the actions of key figures. The text begins with the birth of Thomas Jackson and discusses his difficult childhood. The description of his military career begins with his days at the Virginia Military Institute and in the army before the Civil War. The election of Abraham Lincoln and secession of Virginia changed Jackson's life. Although he did not believe the country should split, Jackson did not hesitate to declare his loyalty to Virginia. He became a colonel in Virginia's army and fought in the first major battle of the Civil War. Paintings and fascinating black and white photographs help the reader gain a sense of the war and the effect it had on individuals and the nation. The book also contains a glossary, a summary/highlights section, a timeline, short biographies of other key figures, suggestions for further study, and an index. The text is straightforward and concise, making this an excellent choice for younger or lower-level readers. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756541101
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Capstone We the People Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin S. Doak has been writing for children for more than 19 years. A former editor of Weekly Reader and U*S*Kids magazine, Doak has authored fun and educational materials for kids of all ages. She is a past winner of the Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award. She lives with her family in Maine.

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Table of Contents

"Like a Stone Wall" 4

Growing Up 9

Army Life 14

Protecting Virginia 20

The Shenandoah Valley 25

Triumph 29

Tragedy 35

Glossary 42

Did You Know? 43

Important Dates 44

Important People 45

Want to Know More? 46

Index 48

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