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Stonewall: A Biography of General Thomas J. Jackson Paperback – November 17, 1993
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“An exceptionally balanced view of a very complicated man. . . . Farwell lets Jackson emerge from his own words and actions. As a result, Jackson is no less a great figure of the Civil War, but he is equally an imaginable human being. ” (Journal of Military History)
“The finest depiction yet of this shy, enigmatic, and devoutly religious Confederate commander. . . . Mr. Farwell writes with a lucidity and elan that rank him with the likes of Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote, and James McPherson.” (Washington Times)
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Lots of well researched information
Adequate number of maps
Overly critical of the man in an attempt at objectivity
Among the areas Farwell focuses on include:
1. Early childhood (and rough years they were)
2. West Point years(met many future Civil War generals there).
3. War with Mexico (many instances of bravery).
4. Prewar years at VMI (not well-liked by the cadets).
5. Marriages and family life (tragic yet happy years).
6. Religious faith (strong Christian).
7. Early Civil War service (mainly successful)
8. Emergence as a brilliant general (2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, etc.).
While Farwell is sympathetic to his subject, he pulls no punches when describing Jackson's weaknesses (uncommunicative to fellow generals, willingness to hold on to grudges, sometimes cold-hearted).
All in all, a fair and objective biography of a brilliant leader.
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Borrowing this book from the Library! Can't wait to receive. Very good material to read. I recommend this book if your into this time period.Published 19 months ago by Corey L. Blatt
While it is not what I would call an 'easy read', the book is a good source of information nonetheless.Published on February 23, 2014 by mikeh
Just read this biography of Jackson. First off, the author writes well and holds your interest. I found the presentation of Jackson's life fascinating and downright gripping once... Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Stanley R. Schneider
The book was readable (appropriate for a general audience) and had footnotes with up-to-date information. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by JES
Stonewall: A Biography of General Thomas J. Jackson
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