The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
S. C. Gwynne
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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the epic New York Times bestselling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic national hero.
Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon—even Robert E. Lee—he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. In April 1862, however, he was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. But by June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future.
In his “magnificent Rebel Yell…S.C. Gwynne brings Jackson ferociously to life” (New York Newsday) in a swiftly vivid narrative that is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict among historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson’s private life and traces Jackson’s brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.
From Publishers Weekly
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I don't read many biographies and have never been much of a history buff, but Rebel Yell is one of the best and most enjoyable reads that I can remember.
Gwinne does a masterful job.
Don't miss this book!
Stonewall Jackson Revealed
Gwynne has produced an insightful look at the life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. This wonderful book made me aware of many of Jackson's foibles as well as his brilliance as a tactician and leader of men. The author has created fully rounded descriptions of many of the leaders of the Confederacy. As close to a "page turner" as a work of nonfiction gets.
S.C. Gwynne did a masterful job of bringing Stonewall Jackson to life. His historically researched narrative of Jackson's formative years and his depiction of his stellar Civil War career make this book a must read. Gwynne's writing style captures the imagination and takes the reader back in time to the 1860s.