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Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War
     

Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War

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by GFR Henderson
 

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Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824 � May 10, 1863) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee.His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. Confederate

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Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824 � May 10, 1863) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee.His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. Confederate pickets accidentally shot him at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, which the general survived, albeit with the loss of an arm to amputation. However, he died of complications of pneumonia eight days later. His death was a severe setback for the Confederacy, affecting not only its military prospects, but also the morale of its army and of the general public.
Jackson in death became an icon of Southern heroism and commitment, joining Lee in the pantheon of the "Lost Cause".
Military historians consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in the nation's history. His Valley Campaign and his envelopment of the Union Army right wing at Chancellorsville are studied worldwide even today as examples of innovative and bold leadership. He excelled as well in other battles: the First Battle of Bull Run (where he received his famous nickname "Stonewall"), Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Jackson was not universally successful as a commander, however, as displayed by his weak and confused efforts during the Seven Days Battles around Richmond in 1862.

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BN ID:
2940013810273
Publisher:
Infinite Beacon Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/2014
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NOOK Book
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5 MB

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Henderson was born in Jersey in 1854. Educated at Leeds Grammar School, of which his father, afterwards Dean of Carlisle, was headmaster, he was early attracted to the study of history, and obtained a scholarship at St John's College, Oxford. But he soon left the University for Sandhurst, from where he was commissioned into the 84th Foot in 1878.
[edit]Military service

After a few months service in India, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and returned to England, and in 1882 he went on active service to Egypt, fighting in the battles of Kassassin and Tel el-Kebir. During this time, he received numerous citations for bravery in combat, being promoted to captain in 1886. In 1885 he was seconded to the Ordnance Store Department. In 1889 appeared (anonymously) his first work, The Campaign of Fredericksburg. In the same year he became Instructor in Tactics, Military Law and Administration at Sandhurst. From this post he proceeded as Professor of Military Art and History to the Staff College (1892-1899), and there exercised a profound influence on the younger generation of officers. His study on Spicheren had been begun some years before, and in 1898 appeared, as the result of eight years work, his masterpiece: Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War.

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Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
budman1948 More than 1 year ago
The most definitive biography of General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson to be written. Gives wonderful insight into the complete life of the General, not just the military side. The reader will gain a greater understanding of the reasons the southern states succeeded from the union and it was not slavery. Excellent details into the various battles that the General was in from the Mexican War and the Civil War. Wonderful description of his time at VMI as an instructor and how he studied Napoleon's tactics there. He was a compassionate man who was a very devout Christian, did not like to march or go into battle on Sundays. He was as devoted to his men as they were to him! An excellent and must read book for anyone interested in the American Civil War. I could not put the book down until I finished it. An absolutely must read book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nicely written book. Most interesting account. Kinda wish the south would have won...States rights should be the rule...that way if one didn't like the rules, for instance in Illinois, New York, Jersey, Conn. California, etc...one could relocate to a more favorable environment, e.g. TX, MT, ID, AK etc...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MUST READ!
coldharbor More than 1 year ago
This book although about Stonewall Jackson, is also a most accurate account of the War between the States. Written prior to the revisionist history of today, when the facts were still fresh on the minds of those who were there.
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This is almost unreadable
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The best book ever
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