Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $20.00
  • Save: $6.59 (33%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 11 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Class of 1846: From W... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Used, good condition book. Average cover wear. Pages may have writing, underlining, highlighting and/or notes. Otherwise, pages remain in good condition. Exactly as pictured. Fast shipping from Amazon's fulfillment warehouse!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers Paperback – June 1, 1999

4.5 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.41
$3.36 $0.01

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$13.41 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers
  • +
  • The Martian
Total price: $22.74
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Waugh, a former correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor , brings an original but ultimately unsatisfactory approach to this study of command in the Civil War. The West Point class of 1846 graduated 59 men: 10 of them, including Stonewall Jackson (1824-1863) became confederate generals; 12, including George McClellan (1826-1885), wore stars for the Union. Waugh is at his best describing the routines of West Point and the experiences of the Mexican War (1846-1848) that welded the class into a community. But when he addresses the Civil War, he focuses almost entirely on Jackson and McClellan while their classmates receive cursory and episodic treatment in a text that jumps abruptly from Gettysburg to Appomattox. Confederates like George Pickett, Cadmus Wilcox and A. P. Hill, and Union generals like John Gibbon and Darius Couch ('46ers all), invite comparative analysis in the context of their common professional experience. What Waugh offers instead is operational narrative, well-written but adding nothing to standard images of McClellan's failure and Jackson's genius. Photos not seen by PW .
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

In this most entertaining and readable book, Waugh offers us a collective biography of a class of West Pointers and their careers from when they entered the academy through the end of the Civil War. The two most prominent members of the class were George McClellan and Thomas Jackson; the better student proved the poorer general. In focusing on their careers , Waugh inevitably gives short shrift to the conflict after classmates George Pickett and John Gibbon confronted each other at Gettysburg. The stories are familiar but retold rather well; much less is made of the common experiences of the group and their impact on their generalship. Buffs and lay readers will nevertheless enjoy this well-written chronicle.
- Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State Univ., Tempe
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

China
Engineering & Transportation Books
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034543403X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345434036
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a very enjoyable book to read and if helped fill in a few spaces left about the great names of the Civil War before they became Generals. I have always enjoy reading accounts of the war with Mexico and seeing how the future enemies of the American Civil War fought together, saved each others lives on occassions and learnt the common lessons of war. This is a very interesting and well presented account although I found the battle scenes lacking in depth but I would suppose that was not the authors main focus but more on the people involved. I think it may have helped to have added a few maps of the fighting in Mexico and the Valley as if you have no prior knowledge of these areas you really do not appreciate the efforts involved in moving from one point to another. Overall this is a decent book and most people should enjoy immersing themselves in this bit of history.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well-researched, immensely readable, and very highly recommended. I learned a lot of new things, not just about the Civil War and West Point, but also the Indian wars.

Maps would have been useful, especially for Jackson's Valley Campaign of '62 as another reviewer mentioned, but I have a regular Kindle Paperwhite and they most likely would not have been readable, so I googled everything.

There are no photos mentioned in the ToC, and I searched for them, both by searching and paging through, but somehow did not find them until I finished the book. It would have been nice if there had been a link to them. Most of them are googleable, as is the Valley Campaign, etc.

John Waugh made me feel some sympathy for Tom Jackson, and since he's one of my least favorite people, that's an achievement and points to the quality of his writing. McClellan is sympathy-proof as far as I am concerned, no matter how well John Waugh writes.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Although most of the information in this book is not new, it is presented with such flair that it is hard to put down. From time to time, I was offput by Waugh's determination to go into excruciating detail on some battles. For example, did the anger of the Union cook in Charleston harbor do anything for the Ft. Sumter issue? (If I were to indicate that perhaps it was nonetheless humorous in those dark and sad times, I would feel insensitive.) Using so much print here and throughout, he omitted other battles that could have added to his writing laurels. Nonetheless, I felt the anguish of our country's patriots, on both sides of the rifles. Having myself completed a military career, I tried to put myself in their shoes of yesteryear. How I would have cried having to fire upon those with whom I bonded in aviation cadets. And with whom I still stay in touch, these 45 years later. Or if some of my family, i.e., parents, sister, or children, had chosen to fly a different flag than mine. On the other hand, I relished Waugh's description of General Tom Jackson revving back and forth in Virginia time and time again. We've lived in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC for many years, and traveled the length of Virginia several times. How exciting to read about the names of so many places that we have driven past at least a dozen times enroute to our family home in Mississippi, yet another Confederate stronghold. Having visited Gettysburg's battlefield provided us with another sense of our nation's anguish. This book provides so many moments of recall, that I could continue on, but I would never be able to capture the spirit of that era that Waugh has so generously shared with us. Clearly, this book will rank alongside the top notch Catton works of the Civil War.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Incredibly readable history. I couldn't it down. Waugh doesn't offer a lot of new information but presents the stories of George Meade, Stonewall Jackson and a multitude of others in a different and thought provoking format. Not only was this the War Between the States but also the War Between Classmates and Colleagues. The author delves into some of the greatest military minds this country has ever produced as they first meet at West Point, then fight together in Mexico and on the western frontier, and finally on the CIvil War battlefields at a time when when being an officer also meant being a gentleman. The class of 1846 studied together, fought and died together, and then fought against each other and died. They prayed for victory and wept when they won. This book is a profound emotional experience.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A very interesting proof that, once again, truth is stranger than fiction. The coincidence of these fellow classmates coming together tine and again, and under circumstances of great import for the future of the United States, is well-documented buy the author.

I did not give the book a fifth star because of the limited reach of the biographies. So much of the book was focused on Jackson that the quality of the writing seemed to fall off when discussing the personal lives of the others, with the exception of McClelland. So many other biographies are intertwined but are mentioned only in agonizingly sparse sentences.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A must read for civil war enthusiast, goes deep into the interaction and friendship of young men who
Would kill each other to defend their principles, they lived together, fought together through the Mexican and Indian wars becoming proficient officers and then the war between the states began, love, hatred, family separation ..historical people, political, military and private came from the class of 1846 shaping this country ..
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers