Stonewall Jackson's Book of Maxims

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Few men have ever started from humbler beginnings and risen to greater heights. Thomas J. Jackson never sought fame, but he could not escape its light when opportunity came. At the same time, the louder people cheered, the more embarrassed he became. Fatally wounded by friendly fire on May 2, 1863, Jackson has continued to live in the American memory. His sobriquet "Stonewall" remains the most famous nickname in American military history. The manner in which Jackson lived his life was heavily influenced by the ...
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Few men have ever started from humbler beginnings and risen to greater heights. Thomas J. Jackson never sought fame, but he could not escape its light when opportunity came. At the same time, the louder people cheered, the more embarrassed he became. Fatally wounded by friendly fire on May 2, 1863, Jackson has continued to live in the American memory. His sobriquet "Stonewall" remains the most famous nickname in American military history. The manner in which Jackson lived his life was heavily influenced by the writings of Lord Chesterfield, whose published letters to his son on self-improvement were popular in polite society. No single work-save the Bible-more influenced Jackson in his evolution as a polished gentleman. As a cadet at West Point, he felt compelled to compose his own book of maxims. Jackson’s maxims are reproduced here as he wrote them. Accompanying each are insights into the man by today’s foremost authority on the general, James I. Robertson Jr. This information includes the origin of the adage, one or more quotations paralleling the maxim, how Jackson may have applied the idea in his own life, and how certain maxims offer insights into the mind of the man. Following Jackson’s death in 1863, this book of maxims disappeared. Subsequent generations could only assume that it was a casualty of time. When Robertson began to research his landmark biography of Jackson in the late 1980s, he came across the original notebook of maxims in a collection of papers that had been given to Tulane University at the turn of the twentieth century. The contents are reproduced here in full.
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Stonewall Jackson's Book of Maxims is the latest offering by noted Jackson biographer James I. Robertson Jr., author of the acclaimed biography Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend. Apparently, Jackson rarely spoke at length, but took words seriously. Throughout his life, he wrote down rules of behavior or philosophies of life.This sage group of writings, lost for years, offers an interesting insight into one of America's most influential military minds. Much of it applies today.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781581822960
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
The Maxims
Section I Choice of Friends 27
Section II Rules of Conversation 39
Section III Guides for Good Behavior 57
Section IV Motives to Action 87
Section V Politeness and Good Breeding 99
Section VI Objects to Be Affected by Ellie's Death 115
Epilogue 121
Notes 125
Works Cited 137
Index 141
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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Great insights to the man

    A great book on the thoughts of Stonewall Jackson and how they guided his life. His maxims are still creditable in today's world. Excellent reading and explanations on how Lord Chesterfield and others helped make Jackson into the man he was. A definite must read for anyone wanting to fully understand Thomas Jonathan Jackson, not just the soldier, but the entire person!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    Absolute 'must have' for Civil War Enthusiasts

    This is an incredible find for any Civil Wawr enthusiast and for anyone interested in 'Old Jack'. It sheds insight into the complex soul of this great general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    A study in Character development

    Such a rare book and so needed today. Here in the pages of this book is a role model all would do well to imitate. It was a time when character was a valued trait and was sought after diligently. A good book for both parents and children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    Must buy

    I recently saw a friend of mine readinng this book and he seemed very interested in it. So i ask him about it and hesaid that he was just amazed. I later saw an autographed copy of the book for sale and i thought that i would pick it up. Since then i have read the book 4 times and i learn something new everytime i read it. Great book, very informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Required Reading For My Three Sons!

    We live in a time where words like honor, character, and manners mean little or nothing. General Thomas Jonathan Jackson new their importance and sought daily to develop them in his on life. We would do well to follow his example. I highly recommend this book to all fathers. I can tell you it will be required reading for my three sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2003

    Inspirational

    I thought the information in "Stonewall Jackson's Book of Maxims" was quite interesting and inspirational. You can read slowly and carefully to glean the most out of it, for this book is short and to the point. I recommend it to every parent.

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