We Are in for It!: The First Battle of Kernstown

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Years after the guns of the Civil War were silenced, a former private in the Stonewall Brigade remembered Kernstown as "one of the hardest little battles of the war." Fought on rolling terrain near a Valley turnpike hamlet three miles south of Winchester, the Battle of Kernstown is the first in a series of clashes that comprised Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's legendary Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The Battle of Kernstown has been the least understood encounter of that famous spring in 1862 - until ...
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Years after the guns of the Civil War were silenced, a former private in the Stonewall Brigade remembered Kernstown as "one of the hardest little battles of the war." Fought on rolling terrain near a Valley turnpike hamlet three miles south of Winchester, the Battle of Kernstown is the first in a series of clashes that comprised Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's legendary Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The Battle of Kernstown has been the least understood encounter of that famous spring in 1862 - until now. Gary Ecelbarger's new book brings to light the strategy, tactics, and personalities associated with March 23, 1862, by using hundreds of rare first-hand accounts from Kernstown soldiers. "We Are In For It!" demonstrates why one Civil War veteran considered the infantry fire at Kernstown to be "as heavy as it was at Antietam, Gettysburg, or the Wilderness."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781572492950
  • Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 446,878
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    Ecelbarger brings importance to a small but crucial battle!

    Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign looms large in the annals of military history as it is studied at military schools and service academies throughout the world. Jackson launched his Valley Campaign on March 23, 1862 with an attack against the Union forces of General James Shields, although at the time of the battle the command of the Union force fell on the shoulders of Col. Nathan Kimball. Gary Ecelbarger recounts vividly the stages of the battle, illuminating the readers imagination with numerous excerpts from soldiers' letters. It is quite evident that the author has done exhaustive research on this book and as a result the end result is magnificent. Ecelbarger sheds light on a battle that the mighty "Stonewall" lost tactically, but brings to the forefront the battle that gave Jackson a strategic victory. Jackson's loss at Kernstown made the Federals realize that they had a formidable foe in Jackson and needed to do everything to combat that Rebel foe. This kept large amounts of troops from the fighting in eastern Virginia. The book also contains numerous, detailed maps that provide a visual aid to the various phases of the battle from the initial contact with Turner Ashby, to the final moments of the battle on Sandy Ridge. For any student of the Valley Campaigns, this is an essential piece of literature.

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