Stonewall Jackson's Book of Maximsby James Robertson, Jr.
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… See more details below
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.