Enter your mobile number or email address 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.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

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

  • List Price: $20.95
  • Save: $2.48 (12%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Stonewall Jackson: The Bl... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Fred Goodwill
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book is in Good Condition. Items that we consider to GOOD may have stickers or sticker residue. Cover may have dinged corners or SMALL tears. Light higlighting is possible. This is a perfectly sevicable reader copy and has YEARS of enjoyment ahead of it. Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer! This purchase benefits the Rappahannock Goodwill Industries. Thank you for supporting our mission.
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

Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend Hardcover – September 1, 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$18.47
$8.94 $6.02

Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$18.47 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend
  • +
  • Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
Total price: $41.84
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"It is inspiring . . . Jackson's faith led him to show kindness to those around him, including the slaves." -- Steven E. Woodworth, Ph.D., author - While God is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers

"a skillful interweaving by Williams of . . . research with. . . inspirational language . . . the reader barely notices the actual history lesson taking place." -- Human Events

"Exhaustively researched, teeming with useful nuggets, and written with an undertone of faith that Jackson himself would have admired, this study clears the air of a lot of myth-accidental and otherwise. The narrative surprises and informs, memorializes and inspires, all at the same time." -- Professor James I. Robertson, Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor in History Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and author of "Stonewall Jackson - The Man, The Soldier, The Legend"

About the Author

RICHARD G. WILLIAMS JR. is a well-published author and speaker on subjects related to the Civil War. A regular contributor to the Washington Times' Civil War column, Williams also frequently contributes articles about the War Between the States to newspapers and history and homeschooling magazines. The descendant of three Confederate soldiers and a twenty-six year veteran Sunday-school teacher, he has lectured at Liberty Universtiy's annual Civil War Seminar and is the author of The Maxims of Robert E. Lee for Young Gentlemen. Williams is active in a number of historical preservationist organizations and lives in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158182565X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581825657
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Anyone interested in understanding the Mighty Stonewall must read this book. Author Richard G. Williams Jr. hails from the Shenandoah Valley and brings the reader right into Jackson's intimate surroundings, from the time the future general was an orphan child at Jackson's Mill up through his adult years in Lexington, introducing the reader to a host of people, both black and white, young and not so young, who impacted his life, and whom he, in turn, had a profound effect upon.

There was Joe Lightburn, a boyhood friend, who shared with Jackson his love for books and impressed upon him the idea that slavery was wrong and that blacks should be taught to read and learn the Bible. There was "Uncle Robinson," a trusted black servant, who took good care of Jackson and his sister when they were youngsters, during the time their mother was ill and near death. Later, during Jackson's adult years at Lexington, there was John Lyle, the owner of a local bookstore, who loaned Jackson prayer books and guided him towards embracing Presbyterianism.

In Lexington, Jackson owned 3 slaves, which his second wife, Anna, received as a wedding present from her father. Jackson was kind and compassionate to these slaves, teaching them to read and requiring that they attend family worship services in his household. In 1855, while serving as a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Jackson began teaching slaves and free blacks at a black Sunday-school class, even though such a practice was prohibited by the Virginia legislature. In doing so, he risked both criminal prosecution and public ridicule at a time when Nat Turner's revolt was still a fresh memory in the minds of Virginians.
Read more ›
Comment 8 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: Hardcover Verified Purchase
729. Stonewall Jackson The Black Man's Friend by Richard G. Williams, Jr. This has been an interesting book. I am so glad that I have read this. The book immerses the reader in the Christian concept that one has a duty to love others which transcends world reality.

The author details the incredible cruelty associated with slavery and the unjust nature of it. Slavery is condemned very forcefully. However, since this is a review/summary of the book it is necessary to be brief. So we will use a quote from Thomas Jefferson:

We have the wolf (the evil of slavery) by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let go. Justice is on one scale, and self preservation on the other.

Much of slave owners' capital was in slaves. Letting go would mean economic disaster. Reason and love of justice clearly say that slavery is wrong.

This in a nut shell sums up the essential dilemma which confronted slave owners.

The other aspect is that slavery was an American problem, not just a flaw in Southern character. Virginia repeatedly attempted to outlaw slave importation before the Revolutionary War. However, these laws were overturned by the British King. Why? Northern shipping and economy heavily relied on the slave trade. In fact the first colony to legalize the slave trade was Massachusetts in 1641. The first state to outlaw the slave trade was Virginia in 1778.

Given time, the slavery problem would have been handled without a war which was so destructive. But that was not to be.

The author does not intend this as a game to see who was wrong first or last. It simply makes the point that slavery was wrong and both North and South had a hand in it.
Read more ›
Comment One person 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: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Reads much like a college term paper. Well documented but some of the author's conclusions are suspect in my opinion. I enjoyed the subject and am happy that someone has attempted to explore it. General Jackson was truly an enigma and remarkable man in a very positive way.
Comment 3 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: Hardcover Verified Purchase
To judge a Confederate for being an enemy for the greater good, as I simply did for decades, is quite superficial thinking. Both Lee and Jackson were outstanding men. Jackson acknowledged the evil of slavery, but fought the federal intrusion in the solution. His love for his fellowman touches me deeply as "Gods ways are above our ways" The Civil was was a tragedy where we should not quickly judge the 'good and bad men"
Comment 5 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
By Dave on March 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great research. I would have given 5 but it was a little heavy on the religious side. Nevertheless, you can tell Williams did an awful lot of historical digging and comes up with much historical tidbits. ...Dave
Comment 3 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: Hardcover
This is an excellent work on the in-depth Christian character of Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson. Mr. Williams has obviously spent countless hours gleaning the information contained in this volume. His interviews with several direct links to the Lexington Colored Sabbath School add just the right touch to tie all the information together.

I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking information on the true character of T.J. (Stonewall) Jackson.
Comment 22 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: Hardcover
A positive look into the life of one of the greatest military leaders in US history. Regardless of whether one is from the North or the South, this book is a must read for anyone whose is interested in the un-Civil War era, or who wants to see positive race relations in the Antebellum South.

Jackson was a man of God who cared for the souls of African-Americans in a way most slave owners did not. He went so far as to break the law and teach slaves to read so they could study the Bible. If modern civil rights "leaders" who have the title "reverend" in front of their name took such an interest in the souls of 21st Century African-Americans, then race relations would be much better than they are.
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

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend
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: Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?