Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic

Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic

by Robert K. Krick
     
 

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The battles at Port Republic and Cross Keys--the triumphant culmination of Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign--were among the most important of the Civil War. Here is the story of men fighting for hearth and home, the only Americans in our national past who have literally fought in their own backyards, in sight of their wives and children, to protect their

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The battles at Port Republic and Cross Keys--the triumphant culmination of Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign--were among the most important of the Civil War. Here is the story of men fighting for hearth and home, the only Americans in our national past who have literally fought in their own backyards, in sight of their wives and children, to protect their freedoms.

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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 Krick's exhaustive use of Union and Confederate primary sources, many unpublished, demonstrates as well the tactical difficulties faced by armies whose citizen-soldiers and officers were still in large part substituting courage for skill.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
Booknews
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 (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807127872
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
594
Sales rank:
1,179,317
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (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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