- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Vision Forum; 1st/2nd edition (September 25, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1929241631
- ISBN-13: 978-1929241637
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beloved Bride: The Letters of Stonewall Jackson to His Wife Paperback – September 25, 2002
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William Potter currently serves as staff historian for the Vision Forum Ministries Faith and Freedom Tours. He holds a B.A. in American History from Cedarville College and a M.A. in American History from the University of Dayton where he taught military history for a time. He and his wife Leslie reside in Charles City, Virginia. They have home schooled their eight children for twenty years.
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There are glimpses into their everyday life, as he discusses gardening, tithes, and his consent for one of their slaves to marry. He referrs to Anna as his "dove" or "beloved" or "esposa" and makes it clear that he dearly loves her.
Very little is ever mentioned of the hardships of camplife or war. My guess is that he wished to shield her from that as much as possible. He continually encouraged her to put her faith in God for his protection and reminded her that his life was in God's hands.
His letters show him as a gentle, though strong and steadfast, man, with great respect for others trying hard to live the Christian life. If he treated the troops under his command with the same respect that he seemed to show in all the other aspects of his life, it is no wonder they cheered when they saw him.
Over all, this is a warm, uplifting read that gave me an even greater respect and admiration for Stonewall. It is a nice change to see the private life of a hero match his public life.