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Stonewall : a biography of General Thomas J. Jackson

Author: Byron Farwell
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In the first major biography of Stonewall Jackson in more than thirty years, Byron Farwell's research into the life of the most charismatic figure of the Civil War reveals a quirky, obsessive, dark personality radically different from the storybook version that grew up after Jackson's untimely death in 1863." "Jackson was an odd country boy who conquered his limitations of education and intellect by excluding any  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Stonewall Jackson; Stonewall Jackson; Stonewall Jackson; Thomas Jonathan Jackson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Byron Farwell
ISBN: 0393033899 9780393033892
OCLC Number: 24951891
Description: xiii, 560 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Birth and boyhood --
West Point: Plebe year --
West Point: Climbing upward --
The war in Mexico --
At peace in Mexico --
Garrison duty --
Lexington years: The VMI professor --
Lexington: Religion and marriage --
Europe and remarriage --
War --
Harper's Ferry and Falling Waters --
The Battle of First Manassas --
Dam No. 5 and Bath --
Romney and resignation --
The Battle of Kernstown --
Retreat and reorganization --
The Battle of McDowell --
Front royal --
Winchester --
Retreat up the valley --
Cross keys and Port Republic --
Seven days: From the valley to the swamps --
Seven days: Jackson at Mechanicsville and Gaines's Mill --
Seven days: White Oak Swamp and Malvern Hill --
Cedar Mountain --
The Second Manassas Campaign --
The invasion of Maryland --
Antietam --
Respite --
Fredericksburg --
Moss Neck --
Chancellorsville --
Last days --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: by Byron Farwell.

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"In the first major biography of Stonewall Jackson in more than thirty years, Byron Farwell's research into the life of the most charismatic figure of the Civil War reveals a quirky, obsessive, dark personality radically different from the storybook version that grew up after Jackson's untimely death in 1863." "Jackson was an odd country boy who conquered his limitations of education and intellect by excluding any activity not crucial to his work, who showed an almost pathological indifference to danger during the Mexican War, who spent most of his career in disputes and litigation with his professional colleagues. An interesting sidelight on the private Jackson is that his sister, to whom he wrote almost daily for many years, divorced her husband for his secessionist beliefs." "Of Jackson's military genius, of his ability to extract superhuman effort from his troops, there can be no doubt. But the flaws here are fascinating as well: he did not follow orders precisely; he fell asleep at the oddest moments, as in church, or in staff meetings with General Lee; he did not communicate well with subordinate officers; and when Jackson was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville on the verge of a major victory, the advantage was lost because no one knew what he intended to do. One of the most controversial aspects of the book is Farwell's analysis of what would have happened had Jackson survived to fight at Gettysburg and beyond." "Farwell's lively narrative is balanced by careful research on every battle and facet of Jackson's life. The result is an honest, often unflattering, but nonetheless deeply sympathetic portrait of this legendary commander."--Jacket.

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