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Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain
     

Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain

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by Robert K. Krick
 

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At Cedar Mountain on August 9,1862, Stonewall Jackson exercised independent command of a campaign for the last time. Robert Krick untangles the myriad original accounts by participants on both sides of the battle to offer an illuminating portrait of the Confederate general commanding his troops under the extraordinary pressures of combat. From diaries,

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At Cedar Mountain on August 9,1862, Stonewall Jackson exercised independent command of a campaign for the last time. Robert Krick untangles the myriad original accounts by participants on both sides of the battle to offer an illuminating portrait of the Confederate general commanding his troops under the extraordinary pressures of combat. From diaries, reminiscences, letters, and newspaper articles, Krick reconstructs a vivid and detailed account of the confrontation at Cedar Mountain and Jackson's victory there.

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An excellent study of what the Mighty Stonewall considered the 'most successful of his exploits'. Krick sets a standard for other military historians who practice the difficult genre of battle study. [This book] will become a classic of Civil War literature. (North Carolina Historical Review)

A masterful job. Krick's treatment is not only a comprehensive and compelling story of Jackson and his men at Cedar Mountain, but it is also a model of what a battle narrative should be. (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography)

Krick's lively writing style, sound research and ability to reconstruct the tactics, movements and emotion of the battle will impress any reader. [This book] is an important addition to modern Civil War literature. (America's Civil War)

A model for battle narratives. (ALA Booklist)

North Carolina Historical Review
An excellent study of what the Mighty Stonewall considered the 'most successful of his exploits'. Krick sets a standard for other military historians who practice the difficult genre of battle study. [This book] will become a classic of Civil War literature.
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
A masterful job. Krick's treatment is not only a comprehensive and compelling story of Jackson and his men at Cedar Mountain, but it is also a model of what a battle narrative should be.
America's Civil War
Krick's lively writing style, sound research and ability to reconstruct the tactics, movements and emotion of the battle will impress any reader. [This book] is an important addition to modern Civil War literature.
Library Journal
Of all of Stonewall Jackson's battles, Cedar Mountain remains his least understood. Long neglected, it reveals much about the colorful and eccentric Jackson, a man who could be cold, cruel, distant, and secretive and then generous, friendly, and brilliant. Fifty percent of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was in the hands of this general whose job it was to halt the advance into Virginia of a newly created federal army under General John Pope. Relying upon both published and unpublished primary sources, Krick provides a virtual minute-by-minute account of the battle and of the Confederate commander. It was at this battle that Jackson exercised independent command for the last time, and Krick unravels the many conflicting accounts--on both sides--of the importance of the battle and of Jackson's management of the fighting. Recommended for academic and public libraries with Civil War holdings. History Book Club selection.-- Jason H. Silverman, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
Booknews
A minute-by-minute account of the last bottle commanded by the legendary Confederate general, in August 1862. Draws on diaries, reminiscences, letters, and newspaper reports as well as published sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807853559
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/25/2002
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
1,369,849
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.13(d)

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From the Publisher
Krick's lively writing style, sound research and ability to reconstruct the tactics, movements and emotion of the battle will impress any reader. Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain is an important addition to modern Civil War literature.--America's Civil War

The most detailed and meticulous tactical study of a crucial preliminary battle in the Second Manassas campaign that we are ever likely to see. The author presents a minute-by-minute account that will awe even the most demanding reader with its comprehensiveness. A tour de force of battle history.--James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War

An excellent study of what the Mighty Stonewall considered the 'most successful of his exploits'. . . . Krick sets a standard for other military historians who practice the difficult genre of battle study. Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain will become a classic of Civil War literature.--North Carolina Historical Review

A model for battle narratives.--ALA Booklist

Cedar Mountain has been Stonewall Jackson's least understood battle. No longer. Robert Krick's brilliantly researched, minute-by-minute narrative is and will remain the definitive account of this bitter fight.--Stephen W. Sears, author of Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

A masterful job. . . . Krick's treatment is not only a comprehensive and compelling story of Jackson and his men at Cedar Mountain, but it is also a model of what a battle narrative should be.--Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Meet the Author

Robert K. Krick is author of Conquering the Valley and Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain, among other books. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although detailed and readable, this account of the Battle of Cedar Mountain is ultimately disappointing because of the author's pro-Confederate (and Jackson) approach. In this battle, Jackson used his by then standard tactics of moving aggressively to battle once an isolated part of the Federal forces had been identified, and then trying to attack it by the flank using the high ground provided by Cedar Mountain. Only this time, Banks, his opponent, didn't play along and instead struck first, rolling up most of Jackson's original division in the process. What moved Banks to do this and why he did not receive any help from the rest of Pope's army once the battle was engaged are two primary questions about this battle that are virtually ignored. They are, I believe, of more historical interest than accounts of infighting between Jackson's brigade commanders, for example, which are covered in detail.