Stonewall of the West: Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War

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To Jefferson Davis, he was the "Stonewall of the West"; to Robert E. Lee he was "a meteor shining from a clouded sky"; and to Braxton Bragg, he was an officer "ever alive to a success." He was Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, one of the greatest of all Confederate field commanders. In Stonewall of the West, Craig Symonds offers the first full-scale critical biography of this compelling figure. He explores all the sources of Cleburne's commitment to the Southern cause, his growth as a combat leader from Shiloh to ...
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To Jefferson Davis, he was the "Stonewall of the West"; to Robert E. Lee he was "a meteor shining from a clouded sky"; and to Braxton Bragg, he was an officer "ever alive to a success." He was Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, one of the greatest of all Confederate field commanders. In Stonewall of the West, Craig Symonds offers the first full-scale critical biography of this compelling figure. He explores all the sources of Cleburne's commitment to the Southern cause, his growth as a combat leader from Shiloh to Chickamauga, and his emergence as one of the Confederacy's most effective field commanders at Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, and Pickett's Mill. In addition, Symonds unravels the "mystery" of Spring Hill and recounts Cleburne's dramatic and untimely death (at the age of 36) at Franklin, Tennessee, where he charged the enemy line on foot after having had two horses shot from under him. Symonds also explores Cleburne's role in the complicated personal politics of the Army of Tennessee, as well as his astonishing proposal that the decimated Confederate ranks be filled by ending a slavery and arming blacks against the Union.
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Editorial Reviews

Atlanta History
Symonds has produced what may truly be the lasting biography of the so-called Stonewall of the West.
Blue & Gray Magazine
Every student of the Civil War needs to read this insightful account.
Journal of American History
A highly readable work that provides insights into the dialogue between society, culture, and personality, and Civil War military leadership.
North & South
A superb biography and the definitive book on Patrick Cleburne.
Washington Times
A fascinating story.
Library Journal
Born and raised in Ireland, Cleburne was instrumental in organizing a militia company at the beginning of the Civil War known as the Yell Rifles, which elected him their captain. Symonds (Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography, LJ 2/1/92) delves into the reasons why Cleburne joined the Southern cause and his proposal that slaves be armed to fight for the Confederacy. Much of the book examines Cleburne's growth as a combat leader, from his first major battle at Shiloh to his emergence as one of the war's more effective field commanders. The author also investigates Cleburne's relations with Generals Hardee, Bragg, Johnston, and Hood, resolves the mystery of what happened at Spring Hill, and recounts Cleburne's dramatic charge and untimely death at the Battle of Franklin. This first full-scale critical biography should be in every Civil War collection.W. Walter Wicker, Emritus, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston
Booknews
A biography of the Civil War figure, exploring his commitment to the Southern cause, his growth as a combat leader, his role in the personal politics of the Army of Tennessee, and his dramatic death. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608201
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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    You have to read this book!!

    Wonderful! I couldn't put it down. I love reading about the soldiers of the Civil War, and this one ranks at the top of my list.

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