Stonewall Jackson

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Deemed "irreplaceable" by Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson assumed his nickname during the Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. It is said that The Army of Northern Virginia never fully recovered from the loss of Stonewall's leadership when he was accidentally shot by one of his own men and died in 1863. Davis highlights Stonewall Jackson's a general who emphasized the importance of reliable information and early preparedness (he so believed in information that he had a personal mapmaker with him at all times) ...

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Stonewall Jackson: A Biography

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Deemed "irreplaceable" by Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson assumed his nickname during the Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. It is said that The Army of Northern Virginia never fully recovered from the loss of Stonewall's leadership when he was accidentally shot by one of his own men and died in 1863. Davis highlights Stonewall Jackson's a general who emphasized the importance of reliable information and early preparedness (he so believed in information that he had a personal mapmaker with him at all times) and details Jackson's many lessons in strategy and leadership.

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Publishers Weekly

This reverential biography of Jackson is the latest in Palgrave's Great Generals series, but it's not as concise as its slim volume might suggest. An obscureinstructor at Virginia Military Institute, Jackson was approaching middle age when he joined Confederate forces at the outbreak of the Civil War. He acquired his nickname, Stonewall, after an admirable stand at the first Battle of Bull Run. Transferred to nearby Shenandoah Valley, he made headlines as far away as Europe with a brilliant, fast-moving campaign that befuddled far larger Union forces. He returned to the main body of Lee's command, where his crushing assault was a crucial victory in the second Battle of Bull Run, followed by his legendary flank attack that routed Union forces at Chancellorsville. Author Davis (Lightning Strike) dutifully relates Jackson's unlegendary generalship on the Peninsula and at Fredericksburg, but like many Confederate hero biographers, his unrestrained admiration leads to purple prose ("The blue eyes of Stonewall Jackson again blazed with excitement"). Those seeking more insight into Jackson will find Byron Farwell's 1992 biography longer, but more rewarding. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-63) remains an enigma. He was often brilliant on the battlefield, leading the Army of Northern Virginia in the Civil War, but at times bewilderingly distant and unresponsive. He could show great initiative and capitalize on strategic advantages, yet he slept during engagements and allowed great opportunities to pass him by. He could be maddeningly stubborn, butting heads with several subordinate generals, but he obeyed orders unquestioningly. These facets and more of the mysterious man are described by Davis (Lightning Strike: The Secret Mission To Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor), who offers insightful analyses of Jackson's tendencies and behavior. Taking an evenhanded approach, he presents differing schools of thought about Jackson's legacy and questions whether Jackson would succeed in today's politically influenced military. Davis intensifies his subject's relevance by interjecting several allusions to the current war in Iraq. While these references may at first seem awkward, they do add valid points of comparison. The book's only drawback is the lack of maps, which would have greatly helped to explain Jackson's strategic maneuvers. An excellent little book nonetheless; recommended for public and academic libraries.
—Matthew J. Wayman

From the Publisher
"Davis' exceptional biography of Stonewall Jackson breathes new life into the Civil War legend and his Foot Cavalry. Davis deftly reveals the relevance today of the man who created a textbook on tactics by accomplishing so much, so often, with so little."—Jack Coughlin, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Ret.), and New York Times bestselling author of SHOOTER: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

"Davis, whose diverse background includes experience in almost every phase of publishing as well as a profound knowledge of military history, brings to Stonewall a deft touch that makes this compelling subject new, exciting and exceptionally readable. The result is an enthralling portrayal of the man many believe may have been the top military strategist of his time." —Ken Englade, author of The Tony Hillerman’s Frontier series.

"A brilliant masterpiece. Former CIA Director Allen Dulles once said, 'truth has a hard time once legends are established to appease our thirst for heroes.' Don Davis has captured the truth about General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson. In this book, readers will find precious lessons in strategy, tactics, character and honor — traits and skill sets that never disappear."—Fred Burton, Vice-President, STRATFOR and former U.S. Counterterrorism agent

"Confederate General Thomas Jackson inspired the best nickname of the Civil War. Condensing everything about Stonewall into this brief biography, Davis ensures inclusion of sections of Jackson's career in command that are not regarded, as his campaign of 1862 in the Shenandoah Valley universally is, as militarily brilliant. First, Davis seeks to combat traits of the general—imperturbability and relentlessness—in the boy growing up. Naturally taciturn and accustomed to premature deaths in the family, the hard-studying Jackson presented a brusque face to the world and made enemies more easily than friends. But the moment met the man in July 1861, as the slave-owning Jackson saved the day for the South and acquired his moniker at the Battle of Bull Run. In narrating Jackson's succession of victories, Davis criticizes his performance at the Seven Days battles of 1862 but not that at 1863's Battle of Chancellorsville, in which he was killed by accident by his men, beginning undying speculation on how the South might have won had he lived. This rapid read ably introduces the famous warrior."—Booklist

"A brisk entry in Palgrave's Great Generals series spotlights the battle prowess of Dixie's warrior-saint...a handy introduction to the military genius."—Kirkus

"[Davis] offers insightful analyses of Jackson's tendencies and behavior."—Matthew J. Wayman, Library Journal

"Davis...reveals how it was Jackson's tactical superiority that made him such an exceptional military leader." - Tuscon Citizen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433203510
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Great Generals Ser.
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 6
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald A. Davis is co-author of New York Times bestseller Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper and author of Lightning Strike: The Secret Mission to Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor. He lives outside Boulder, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Frontier Boy

• West Point

• Artilleryman

• Quitting the Army

• Professor

• War

• Command

• General

• Stonewall

• Second Star

• Shenandoah Ghost

• Foot Cavalry

• Under a Spell

• Do Something!

• Second Bull Run

• Harper's Ferry

• The Bloodiest Day

• Three Stars

• Fredericksburg

• Final Fight

• Into the Shade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    &star Shiningsun, Nightwind, and Whitebirch's biography &star

    NAME: Shiningsun <br> GENDER: Male <br> AGE: -_- <br> APPEARENCE: Ginger fur with white socks. Forest green eyes that seem to always be filled with amusment <br> PERSONALITY: Loyal, brave, fierce, kind, gentle, and funny <br> RANK: Warrior <br> KIN: Nightwind (sister) Whitebirch (brother) <br> CRUSH: Nope <br> MATE: Single as a Pringle! <br> HISTORY: He and his siblings lived as loners for a long time before deciding to join a clan for safety <br> OTHER: His theme song is "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance <p> NAME: Nightwind <br> AGE: Female <br> AGE: How rude of you to ask! <br> APEARENCE: Black fur with a white chest and amber eyes <br> PERSONALITY: Sweet, shy, gentle, and kind <br> RANK: Warrior <br> KIN: Whitebirch (brother) Shiningsun (brother) <br> CRUSH: Nope <br> MATE: Single as can be <br> HISTORY: Same as Shinningsun's history <br> OTHER: Theme song is "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy <p> NAME: Whitebirch <br> GENDER: Male <br> AGE: -_- <br> APPEARENCE: White fur with black ear tips, and tip of tail. Blue-green eyes <br> PERSONALITY: Quiet, friendly, kind, soft-spoken <br> RANK: Warrior <br> KIN: Shiningsun (brother) Nightwind (sister) <br> CRUSH: Nope <br> MATE: Single as possible <br> HISTORY: Same as Shiningsun and Nightwind <br> OTHER: Theme song is "Teenagers" by My Chemical Romance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Hawkspirit [BIO]

    Name: v-v the Newbness hurts, brah....Formerly known as Hawkfeather/Lostspirit/Loststar/Hawk/Linkedspell/Hawkspirit/Hawkstar/then back to Hawkspirit. So, yeah...Hawkspirit o.o <br> Gender: I don't have female parts, so....I'm pretty sure I'm a guy... <br> Age: Like, really old. Probably around 125 Moons by now...but let's just say, 35, eh? <br> Rank: Regular Warrior, though I used to be a Leader and a Deputy. <br> Persona: Pretty heartless. I don't really care about others...I've tried to change and am still trying to change, but it ain't gonna with my personality... <br> Appearance: Dark brown 'tiger tabby' patterned Tom. My eyes are an icey blue. I have several scars, some large, some small. <br> Crush/Mate/Kits: Nah/Imperialecho, forever and always ;) &hearts/Yes, don't feel like posting them. Bleh...T-T I beh bad father xD <br> History: Just- don't ask... <br> Theme Songs: Collar Full by Panic! At The Disco [Dedicated to Imperialecho.] And Getting Away With Murder by Papa Roach <br> Peace out„ Girl Scouts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    ♦Whispersky's Biography♦

    Name: ^ Whispersky ^ <br> Gender: -.- &female I'm judging you... <br> Rank: deputy <br> Kin: Amberstar/tail, mother, deceased. Forcemater, father, ?. Talonstrike/paw, brother, deceased. <br> Looks: beautiful white fur with misty silver patches and golden speckles all over. Her eyes are also golden, making the speckles on her fur stand out (or vice versa). <br> Persona: can be crabby and harsh in bad mood. Is great at debating and planning; she's gots teh brains. Has a level of skill at almost everything except medicine. <br> Crush/Mate/Kits: maybe, I'm not saying yes or no/No/No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Echomist & kits

    Echomist is an 18 moons old shecat. She is a gray tabby with bright blue eyes. No mate but looking, her crush is Thistletail, and her kits are below. History is in the making. For personalities, meet them.<p>Shimmerkit(Shimmersong) is a 1 moon old shekit. She is night black with striking blue eyes. No mate (too young), her crush is open, and obviously she has no kits.<p>Brightkit(Brightsky) is a 1 moon old shekit. She is ginger and white, with amber eyes. Obviously, no mate and no kits. Her crush? Impress her.<p>Bramblekit(Brambleberry) is a 1 moon old shekit. Her pelt is snow-white and her eyes are like green crystals. Her crush is open, and as for mate and kits? She /is/ a kit.<p>Hailkit(Hail?) is a 1 moon old tom. He has long gray fur and gray eyes. What did I say before? No mate and no kits for him or his siblings, which should be obvious. Have a crush on him? Impress him.<p>Breezekit(Breeze?) is a 1 moon old tom. He has light gray fur and amber eyes. Impress him to be his crush, and maybe his mate when he is a warrior. Of course, no kits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014


    NAME SilverLeaf LOOKS a pure white color pelt with snowwhite eyes AGE about 18 moons HISTORY not known MATE/KITS/ CRUSH none/none/ThistleTail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Skycoves bio

    Name: skycove
    Age: 13
    Gender: &Female
    Eyes: light/icy blue
    Fur: white and fluffy
    Mom: ?
    Sister: tigerlily of mateclan
    History: dad killed in a fight. Mom ran off. Sister grew up to mate with every tom she could find, sicseeding pregnacy once.
    Medcat skills: has a power to heal immediatly, but only for battle wounds. Can help with anything else.
    Anything else: can fight better thatn you think. Is also a hacker in RL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    PoppyStar and ThisleTail's Bios

    Name] PoppyStar <br>
    Gender] &female <br>
    Age] -_- <br>
    Looks] Ginger tabby with a white underbelly, hazel eyes <br>
    Personality] Stubborn, sometimes rude, can be saucy, welcoming for the most part <br>
    Crush/Mate/Kits] No/Nien/No-Nien <br>
    History] -_- <br>
    Kin] Mother: Sun (deceased). Father: Oak (disapeared, as<_>sumably deceased). Littermate: ThistleTail (alive, NorthClan) <br>
    Other] Ask. <br>
    Name &spades ThistleTail <br>
    Gender &spades &male <br>
    Age &spades -_- <br>
    Looks &spades Light ginger with white underbelly, vivid green eyes <br>
    Personality &spades Kind, funny, thoughtful, can be a flirt <br>
    Crush/Mate/Kits &spades -_-/No/Nien <br>
    History &spades -_- <br>
    Kin &spades Parents same as PoppyStar, Littermate: PoppyStar <br>
    Other &spades Ask!

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    Posted January 6, 2013

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    Posted August 20, 2010

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    Posted March 1, 2013

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