Drawn to the Civil Warby J. Stephen Lang, Michael Caplanis
Stonewall Jackson's image is carved in granite on Georgia's Stone Mountain. This is appropriate because the great general was, in fact, a stoneface and a stiff... The poor man actually lacked the ability to laugh out loud. Witnesses say that on the rare occasions that he found something funny, he could only throw back his head and quiver the motions of laughing without the sound of it. Perhaps his sour demeanor was due to his habit of sucking on lemons whenever they were available. He claimed that he was a teetotaler because he liked liquor too much and feared becoming an addict.
Jackson was notoriously devout... After a dazzling victory in battle, he dashed off a quick letter home, never mentioning the battle at all. Instead, he enclosed his regular contribution to his church's Sunday school and apologized for being late with it.
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I started thumbing through this in the store because these caricatures of Civil War people are so neat. The text is good too, each chapter is like a mini-biography of these people, has lots of kind of off-the-wall stuff you don't get in most biographies. I wish they had done this in hardback, it makes a nice coffee table type book
I got this book as a gift, didn't expect to like it much, but I was hooked after the first page! The author has combed through history for the most amusing (sometimes surprising) facts about the major figures of the Civil War. The big guys are here--Lee, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, and others--plus some new faces like spy Rose Greenhow and Elizabeth Van Lew. The text is readable and fun, and the illustrations (caricatures) of each figure are great.