Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Krick (Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain) makes another significant contribution to Civil War operational history with this definitive account of the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic. Fought June 8-9, 1862, they determined the ultimate success of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, freeing him to move to Robert E. Lee's aid in thwarting George McClellan's advance on Richmond. These battles also solidified Jackson's reputation as a military genius, though their outcomes also reflected the incompetence of Union generals James Shields and John C. Fremont. Krick's exhaustive use of Union and Confederate primary sources, many unpublished, demonstrates as well the tactical difficulties faced by armies whose citizen-soldiers and officers were still in large part substituting courage for skill. The author's detailed attention to the human dimension of Civil War battle, including the horrors of being wounded, is facilitated by the small scale of the fighting and makes this work particularly valuable for all collections. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Few campaigns rank higher in Civil War history than Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign of 1862, when the ascetic Virginian drove the Yankees from the Shenandoah Valley, holding the South's breadbasket and forging the myth of Southern invincibility in the East. Krick (Stonewall Jackson and Cedar Mountain, LJ 7/90), author of three previous books on the war's Virginia theater, returns to the Shenandoah Valley to write the first full-dress account of the battles at Port Republic and Cross Keys, which won Jackson his fame and, Krick claims, saved the South from imminent defeat. The author cannot hide his Virginia bias in this gritty, day-by-day account of camp and field, but he brings the reader closer to the "real war" and gives voices to many common soldiers. The almost numbing detail will put off those who want their battle accounts lean, but Krick's astute judgments about generalship make for good reading. Recommended for academic libraries and Civil War collections.-Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
Tells the story of the triumphant culmination of Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign, the battles of Port Republic and Cross Keys, through the experiences of young soldiers, officers, and the civilians caught in the battles around their homes. Draws on anecdotal material, excerpts from eyewitness accounts, and newly discovered primary sources. Includes b&w photos, a list of casualties, and a brief history of the area from 1862 to 1993. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807127872
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 594
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Krick is the author of fourteen books on the American Civil War, including Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain,winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman Prize.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Valley Campaign 1
Ch. 2 The Approach to Port Republic 19
Ch. 3 Stonewall Jackson Betrayed by Indolent Cavalry 39
Ch. 4 A Village Full of Yankees 65
Ch. 5 Routing the Raiders 89
Ch. 6 The Power of High Ground and Artillery 113
Ch. 7 Fremont Lumbers into Action 137
Ch. 8 The Roar of Artillery 155
Ch. 9 The Slaughter of the 8th New York 167
Ch. 10 Trimble's Attack 183
Ch. 11 The Fire-Swept Confederate Center 211
Ch. 12 Confusion and Victory on Ewell's Left 235
Ch. 13 Dusk and Darkness at Cross Keys 259
Ch. 14 The Night of the Bridge Builders 277
Ch. 15 Moving Downstream to Battle 291
Ch. 16 Opportunity in the Woods, Trouble in the Fields 317
Ch. 17 Fiasco in the Woods, More Trouble in the Fields 335
Ch. 18 Taylor's Louisiana Brigade Moves Forward 345
Ch. 19 Winder's Daring Attack 355
Ch. 20 Winder's Rout 373
Ch. 21 Ewell and the Artillery Buy Time 391
Ch. 22 The Coaling "Hell Spot" 403
Ch. 23 The Struggle to Hold the Coaling 419
Ch. 24 The Climax on the Plain: "Hungry Tigers Turned Loose" 433
Ch. 25 The Bridge Afire and Fremont's Ire 445
Ch. 26 Down the River and Up the Mountain 457
Ch. 27 "Never Take Counsel of Your Fears" 477
Ch. 28 The Impact of Cross Keys and Port Republic 497
Acknowledgments 504
Appendix A: Organization and Casualties at the Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic, June 8-9, 1862 507
Appendix B: Distances Air Between Key Points 513
Appendix C: Cross Keys and Port Republic, 1862 to 1993 514
Notes 518
Bibliography 503
Index 579
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