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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War America
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (December 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807853550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807853559
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Of all of Stonewall Jackson's battles, Cedar Mountain remains his least understood. Long neglected, it reveals much about the colorful and eccentric Jackson, a man who could be cold, cruel, distant, and secretive and then generous, friendly, and brilliant. Fifty percent of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was in the hands of this general whose job it was to halt the advance into Virginia of a newly created federal army under General John Pope. Relying upon both published and unpublished primary sources, Krick provides a virtual minute-by-minute account of the battle and of the Confederate commander. It was at this battle that Jackson exercised independent command for the last time, and Krick unravels the many conflicting accounts--on both sides--of the importance of the battle and of Jackson's management of the fighting. Recommended for academic and public libraries with Civil War holdings. History Book Club selection.
- Jason H. Silverman, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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An excellent study of what the Mighty Stonewall considered the 'most successful of his exploits'. Krick sets a standard for other military historians who practice the difficult genre of battle study. [This book] will become a classic of Civil War literature. (North Carolina Historical Review)

A masterful job. Krick's treatment is not only a comprehensive and compelling story of Jackson and his men at Cedar Mountain, but it is also a model of what a battle narrative should be. (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography)

Krick's lively writing style, sound research and ability to reconstruct the tactics, movements and emotion of the battle will impress any reader. [This book] is an important addition to modern Civil War literature. (America's Civil War)

A model for battle narratives. (ALA Booklist)

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Finding this one I bought it promptly,and have enjoyed it a lot.
"narrowgaugejp"
Comes with a number of helpful maps showing movements, which help the reader, follow the detailed battle movements.
Daniel Hurley
As in all of Krick's books, the research is outstanding and the story well told.
Dan McCown

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By historicus on October 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
385 pages for a 5 1/2 hour battle tells you just about everything you need to know. Krick is very thorough in depicting the battle and is also forthright in warning the reader that he is sometimes delving into supposition and making logical conclusions from the facts at hand. His writing is reminiscent of Gordon Rhea as is his detail. Good maps. I am hard pressed to see how this added to Stonewall's reputation as Bank's men, far outnumbered, kept Jackson from interrupting the consolidation of Pope's Army of VA. This book should stand as the definitive work on the battle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
In my humble opinion, Krick has written an excellent account of a small-scale and largely forgotten but bloody battle. Compared to Gettysburg, Antietam, Chickamauga, Vicksburg, and a host of other larger Civil War battles, Cedar Mountain has been largely forgotten. Fortunately, Krick has taken the time to produce an excellent account of what Stonewall Jackson himself admitted was his finest battle.

Krick manages to weave accounts of combatants of both sides with vivid battle actions and excellent descriptions of various terrain features that figured prominently during the battle. The book also contains something several other Civil War studies lack - excellent and ample maps. The maps are of excellent quality and help the reader better understand the flow of battle.

I haven't visited the battlefield since the mid-1990s but plan to return in the near future. Krick's title will be an invaluable aid for better understanding the battle during my next visit.

Read and enjoy. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hurley VINE VOICE on August 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Jackson leaves his lethargic performance at the Seven-day's battles to go North to confront Pope and northwest of Richmond he runs into a former nemesis from the valley, Banks. Banks gives him great fits in a slug fest described in minute detail by his battlefield biographer Krick. The desperate battle shows Jackson's personal leadership as he is at the brink of failure when he impulsively rushes to the front to have his troops hold and counterattack. He heroically pulls his sword and leads by waving it to the front. Krick's descriptions are so detailed and accurate there is a bit of humor as Jackson, unable to pull his sword out of the scabbard, waves his sword with the scabbard still in place. This is a ferocious battle as a cannon shot decapitates the leader of the Stonewall Brigade, Winder. Ironically, A. P. Hill comes up and virtually helps save the day. The Union Commander, Banks, although not considered particularly competent, always gave Jackson an unusually hard time in battle such as an earlier defeat at Kernstown. This battle, although a victory for the Confederates, still leaves a bit of a shadow on Jackson, as he seemed ill prepared for battle and survived with assistance from Hill's legendary light division. This battle has everything including a virtual suicidal Union cavalry charge at the Union's final desperate attempt at victory.
The tactics of the battle cannot be better described by anyone other than Krick who was the Superintendent of the battlefields at and around Fredericksburg. A great researcher, Krick probably walked the entire battlefield. Comes with a number of helpful maps showing movements, which help the reader, follow the detailed battle movements.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "narrowgaugejp" on July 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I became interested in Cedar Mountain after visiting the battlefield.(very well preserved,BTW.)Returning home I searched for books on the battle.Finding this one I bought it promptly,and have enjoyed it a lot.Krick did an excellent job in providing a rich look at the events.Instead of dry facts,he protrays the story accurately but holds your attention well.I was fully into the battle,almost as if I was there.His writing,along with the very nice maps,will give you the entire story of what Stonewall Jackson called his greatest battle.(And his last as an independent commander.)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoyed James I. Robertson's brilliant biography of Jackson, please read Krick's masterwork. By focusing on this one battle, Krick takes the time to create rich visual images and build the action. He has a suberb way of approaching an exciting scene from one soldeirs perspective, then approaching from someone elses, slowly building a three dimensional image of the impending action. Believe me, this isn't one to miss!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Over several decades I have read thousands of Civil War
books, and this is one of the best ever! It should be required reading for anyone researching and/or writing about any aspect of the Civil War. Mr. Krick's masterful study of the battle makes any further account superfluous; it has
the suspense and excitement of a novel. And, after all, why
bother with fiction when such superb historical books are
available? Excitement and education - what could be better?
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