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Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign

Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign

by Peter Cozzens
Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign

Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign

by Peter Cozzens


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One of the most intriguing and storied episodes of the Civil War, the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign has heretofore been related only from the Confederate point of view. Moving seamlessly between tactical details and analysis of strategic significance, Peter Cozzens presents a balanced, comprehensive account of a campaign that has long been romanticized but little understood. He offers new interpretations of the campaign and the reasons for Stonewall Jackson's success, demonstrates instances in which the mythology that has come to shroud the campaign has masked errors on Jackson's part, and provides the first detailed appraisal of Union leadership in the Valley Campaign, with some surprising conclusions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807898475
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/05/2009
Series: Civil War America
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 941,150
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Peter Cozzens is an independent scholar and Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State. He is author or editor of nine highly acclaimed Civil War books, including The Darkest Days of the War: The Battles of Iuka and Corinth.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments Introduction
1. This War Is a Farce
2. Daughter of the Stars
3. They Ain't Rigged Out Like Uncle Sam's Men
4. The Dam[n] Trip
5. Our True Policy Is to Attack
6. Is Not War a Game of Risks?
7. Be Careful Not to Be Caught
8. Dangers Close Us Round on Every Side
9. We Are Very Hard Pressed Now
10. Keep That Army in the Valley
11. We Are in for It
12. It Seems Very Much Like Murder
13. General Jackson Was Completely Taken In
14. Vacillation Is Our Name
15. Now We'll Have War in Earnest
16. A Country to Fight For
17. God Blessed Our Arms with Victory
18. On Your Course May Depend the Fate of Richmond
19. Go It, Boys! Maryland Whip Maryland!
20. We Must Cut Our Way Through!
21. This Is a Crushing Blow
22. Attack at Daylight
23. A Question of Legs
24. I Was Never So Relieved in My Life
25. Save the Bridge at Port Republic
26. The Preservation of Our Army Depended on Us
27. I Have Lost Confidence in Frémont
28. All Has Gone Wrong Today
29. The Game Cock of the Valley Appendix: The Opposing Forces in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign Notes Bibliography Index

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Thought provoking. . . . [Cozzens] sets out to correct the record in the first balanced treatment of an iconic campaign in an iconic war. . . . Civil War buffs will gobble up this hefty volume and historians will dive in to agree or disagree with Cozzen's cogent analysis. . . . It doesn't get much better than Peter Cozzens with his trademark combination of solid research swept along by 'you were there' immediacy.—Tennessee Advocate

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