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A cousin of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, Mary Johnston was an enormously popular novelist in her day... Innovative[ly] mixing fact and fiction, she drew on wartime diarists and on the memories of her fighting cousin, who figures as a character in the books.

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Mary Johnston (1870-1936) was one of the most popular authors of her generation. Granddaughter of the renowned Confederate commander General Joseph E. Johnston, she had more than an academic interest in the Civil War.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 668 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st Johns Hopkins paperbacks ed edition (November 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801855241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801855245
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,441,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1997
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Written by CSA' General Joe Johnston's daughter, this first volume is an entertaining novel. Written at the turn of the century by one of the bestselling novelists of the day, this book is full of surprises for the modern, well-read reader.
The first two chapters were difficult for this reader to adjust to the early 1900's style; but, became thoroughly
enjoyable for the next 600 pages. Set primarily in Virginia, several characters are fully developed from 1860 through 1863. Several women attended to Confederate soldiers in hospitals around Richmond and they view the Battle of Seven Pines from the rooftops; this segment is very interesting due to the fact that the civilians view the battle through a variety of telescopes and interviews with stragglers from the battlefield. The Valley Campaign is viewed at times through the eyes of a CSA private who avoids fighting but nevertheless ends up between battlelines and charges a battery. Like other products of the times, their is a romantic interest that is conventional and suspensful. There is a military injustice which results from love denied and there are vignettes of bitter feuds in the relationships of Lee' lieutenants. Among the best battlefield scences, are the fates of three nameless CSA soldiers caught between the lines somewhere on the Emmitsburg Road. A long, well paced novel that not only gives a good story but also takes you back to the mindset of those who read for pleasure before TV and radio shortened attention spans
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Roenbeck on December 28, 2006
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After reading this book you will have a new appreciation for Stonewall Jackson and the "Valley" campaign. The author makes you feel you are there, and the battles and Valley environment come alive. I visited the "Valley" area shortly after reading this novel (I just had to!) and looked at it through very different eyes after experiencing this book. It is one of my very favorites, and a "must read" for civil war buffs as history is entwined within the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Reinhard on June 16, 2014
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This is a great book. I read about in Colonial Williamsburg's magazine, and they described it as the greatest American civil war novel ever written. The descriptions of battles are vivid. It follows the Stonewall Brigade from first Manassas to Chancellorsville. I'm surprised this novel isn't assigned reading for college history classes covering the civil war. Mary Johnston also conveys the moral and value system of the time, including the attitude of southerners toward slavery and their enslaved. The romance is weak- this is not Gone With The Wind. It's greatness lies in Johnston's ability to convey what life in the Stonewall brigade must have been like as well as what life for the women and slaves at home must have been like. It is also a gripping, what happens next, narrative, even for those of us who know the outcomes of all these historic events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By othoniaboys on October 26, 2014
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This is the greatest of all Civil War novels, dealing with Stonewall Jackson. The author read an enormous amount of eye-witness accounts in order to make every detail accurate. The novel presents war in all its gory grimness. The widow of Jackson took offense at the portrayal of her late husband as an eccentric, fanatical, harsh, lemon-sucking man. She would of course have known him better than Johnston, but might also have had a bias.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Horseman on August 21, 2014
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An excellent history of the Civil War before Gettysburg. Although there is some fiction it is
a great story line and should meet the approval of even the harshest critic. Mary Johnston
was a terrific writer. I highly recommend this book.
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