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Stonewall in the Valley: Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Spring 1862: Thomas J.Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Spring 1862 [Kindle Edition]

Robert G. Tanner
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Book Description

The Valley Campaign conducted by Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson has long fascinated those interested in the American Civil War as well as general students of military history, all of whom still question exactly what Jackson did in the Shenandoah in 1862 and how he did it. Since Robert G. Tanner answered many questions in the first edition of Stonewall in the Valley in 1976, he has continued to research the campaign. This edition offers new insights on the most significant moments of Stonewall's Shenandoah triumph.

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About the Author

Robert G. Tanner is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. A native of Southern California, he now lives and practices law in Atlanta, Georgia. He has studied and lectured on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign for more than twenty-five years.

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  • File Size: 8965 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (November 30, 1975)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Book! October 16, 2004
By H. Lim
I have always been fascinated by the Valley Campaign, and surprised that nothing appeared to have been written specifically on the Campaign itself - at least nothing definitive.

I just knew Tanner's book was what I was looking for, just by the appearance of it. And in fact it is THE definitive account of the Shenandoah Campauign of 1862.

This is a remarkable campaign history. Never does Tanner's pacing seem off. He tells the reader precisely what he or she wishes to know. At proper moments he gives a literary touch to th writing; at other times he tells us what the soldiers were thinking; and at other times he tells amusing anecdotes.

THe sheer amount of research that must have gone into this book is phenomenal. Most books on civil war battles and campaigns tend to rely on accrued secondary evidence, and those pieces of primar evidence that are already widely known.

Tanner, on the other hand, has miraculously discoverd sources NEVER before seen. He is so thorough that the bibliographu and notes take up a seriously large portion of the book. And the information is important - a good deal of it clarifies points that have always been puzzling. For example, he proves that the famous Staunton maneuver, where Jackson seemed to deliberately leave the Valley on foot, only to return by train, was actually ad hoc, and probably not intended.

On the other hand, the new evidence regarding the march south from the Battle of Winchester really makes you feel sorry for the Valley soldiers - my feet really almost felt sore even reading about walking that fast, and going without sleep for so long.

Jackson himself comes across as a flawed genius, which he undoubtedly was.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel like I was there in the valley October 10, 2003
Very well written, detailed account of Jackson's dazzling Shenandoah valley campaign. The valley campaign, Jackson's last significant independent activity before attaching himself to General Lee, makes for great civil war history. The author writes in a way that makes you feel like you're a part of Jackson's army, from lowest private to brigadier general. The maps, most of which are reproductions of Jed Hotchkiss's maps drawn at the time, could stand a little more detail but the narrative fills in most of the gaps pretty well. Focuses entirely on Jackson during the campaign and his place in the overall picture at the time. While this book is probably not for novices, it is an excellent and informative read for those with an interest in Jackson and/or the Northern Virginia theater of the war.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent History of the 1862 Valley Campaign September 13, 2004
Tanner has written an excellent summary of the Valley Campaign that established Jackson as a Civil War legend. He manages to describe the experiences of privates and officers who fought in the campaign. While the majority of the book focuses on the Southern side, Tanner is fair and objective in his description of the abilities of the main characters.

Before going into the campaign study, Tanner describes the early history and importance of the Shennandoah Valley and why the area was such an important objective during the Civil War. The maps were okay but could have been more detailed and numerous to enable the reader to better understand the campaign movements and locations.

I particularly appreciated Tanner's fair treatment of Jackson: while we Southerners tend to idolize Jackson, Tanner points out Jackson's most serious flaws: secrecy and inability to get along with subordinates. Indeed, both tendencies probably would have kept Jackson (had he survived the war) from attaining the status of Lee, Grant, Sherman, Thomas, and Johnston. Admittingly, I have read of Jackson's tendencies in several other books.

I highly recommend the book as the standard for a study of the 1862 Shennandoah Valley Campaign. Read and enjoy!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 3, 2004
By Weegee
I'm only about 1/3 through, but I can tell that this is an awesome piece of work. I'm surprised not to see more feedback here.
Tanner does an excellent job of presenting the Confederate deatils of the early valley campaign. He gives an excellent quick history of the valley as far as original colonization, American Revolution tie-ins, etc. He also paints a good picture of the strategic importance of the valley. So far reading, I'm surprised that more action did not take place within the 2 mountain ranges that make this "valley."
Tanner covers every level of the campaigns from simple private, to captains, to regimental colonels, to brigadier generals, all the way up to division commanders and of course General Jackson. Detailed troop movements are given, yet I did not find myself lost in details. Maps are excellent and numerous.
Also, very important, is reference to other Eastern developments which caused the ebb and flow in the Valley. You get the details as to why certain troops found themselves headed in or out of the valley, especially for the Union side.
The writing is very clear, concise, and at times very poetic. I wouldn't say Tanner is another Catton or Foote, but he comes pretty darn close. Much better than a typical dry account of campaigns you usually see out there.
I've been doing a lot of reading on ACW lately. I wasn't quite sure whether to read this because there seemed to be so many other more important works out there. But I'm glad I'm reading it as Tanner does an excellent job of briging this often forgot and vital campaign to life.
Remember it is Jackson's brilliance in the campaign which delays McCellan from striking Richmond by causing panic in Washington and delaying troop concentrations, and more importantly, it is his superiority in the Valley which allows him to break loose and help kick off the 7 Days (although he was MIA in helping).
Any serious ACW student should read this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really interesting you cannot stop reading it!!! very well docummented
Published 1 month ago by Alejandro Slamecka
5.0 out of 5 stars good
It is very useful book. I learnd a lot of knowledge from this book. It is very nice. I love it.
Published 9 months ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Great detail on Jackson and the Valley Army during the Valley Campaign. Also the research into the characters and units makes this one of the best books on the Valley Campaign of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. S. Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Thanks!
I was telling my wife, "you know, I've read so much about most every battle, and have yet to read anything spending more than a few pages, or tangential references to, the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by William Osborne Crosby III
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed
I have always been a history buff, and I especially enjoy the nonfiction of the Americal Civil war. Book is easy to read and flows well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephen Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Novel
Great insight into the thinking and planning of the confederate army during the Civil War. Stonewall Jackson was a great Southern General.
Published 11 months ago by Patricia Ganfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Stonewall in the Valley Campaign
Good read, great look at Stonewalls use of tactics and knowing his enemy. Fun reading to see what Stonewall would do next.
Published 14 months ago by Steven L. Reece
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thurough Study
This book will answer any question you may have about this campaign. From Jackson moulding his army through drill, marching, and discipline, to his men coming to love him. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael Pullen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars due to formatting
Looks like it was scanned and they faildd to proof the scan. Odd formatting, bad hyphenation, and extraneous marks. Interesting and well written otherwise.
Published 17 months ago by Reading is fun
4.0 out of 5 stars A Driven and Intense Man
The Confederate army in 1862 was outmanned and outgunned. There were not, however, out-thought or out-fought and Stonewall was one of the biggest reasons for it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by lonestarmike
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