Synopses & Reviews
Stonewall Jackson depended on him; General Lee complimented him; Union soldiers admired him; and women in Maryland, Virginia, and even Pennsylvania adored him: Henry Kyd Douglas. During and shortly after the Civil War Douglas set down his experiences of great men and great days. In resonant prose, he wrote simply and intimately, covering the full emotional spectrum of a soldier's life. Here is one of the finest and most remarkable stories to come out of any war, written wholly firsthand from notes and diaries made on the battlefield.
"A thrilling story of the War of the Sixties."
-Carroll Dulaney in The Baltimore News Post
"I have read many novels about the war between the states, and some histories; never, that I recall, have I read any narrative that gave me a keener sense of what it was like, day by day, in the army than does Henry Kyd Douglas' 'I Rode with Stonewall'. . . . Of Stonewall Jackson Douglas gives an intimate and admiring picture. . . . But the book is most memorable for its immediate picture of the gallant lads in the Confederate Army."
-Lewis Gannet in The New York Herald Tribune
"There are no heroics and unreconstructed-rebel sighs in the book; it is a simple and vivid record of day-by-day events. . . . For those who like to read about the war as it was instead of as it might have been, Douglas, born a hundred years ago this year, is this year's man."
-Ralph Thompson in The New York Times
"A new mine of information about the immortal Stonewall. . . . The most interesting memoir of the Confederacy that has come out in a long time."
-H. J. Eckenrode in The Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A fortunate addition to the works on the Confederacy's loved general, and a particularly readable and invigorating picture of the times . . . a colorful account, full of the youngness, the rawness, and the bravery of the Southern army. . . . He has written as he lived and fought, earnestly, actively; and with an honest brand of romanticism."
-Malcolm Bell, Jr., in The Savannah News
". . . more interested in the human side of the war than the technical or military. . . . Indeed, Colonel Douglas strikes a modern note in his handling of his story. He focuses on the humor and pathos with a telling that would equal the camp fire candor of army life today. From John Brown's raid to the trial of Mary E. Surratt, it is a story of tender emotions, gallant riders, dashing young officers and their loyal soldiers."
-Thomas Ripley in The Atlanta Journal
". . . deserved to see the light long ago."
Here is one of the finest and most remarkable stories to come out of any war, written wholly firsthand from notes and diaries made on the battlefield. Henry Kyd Douglas was depended upon by Stonewall Jackson, admired by Union soldiers, and adored by women in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. During and shortly after the Civil War Douglas set down his experiences of great men and great days in a resonant prose almost unique among soldiers and rare among writers.
Stonewall Jackson depended on him, General Lee complimented him, Union soldiers admired him, and women in Maryland, Virginia, and even Pennsylvania adored him. Henry Kyd Douglas devoted himself to the Southern cause, fighting its battles and enduring its defeats, and during and shortly after the Civil War, Douglas set down his experiences of great men and great days. In simple, resonant prose written wholly firsthand from notes and diaries made on the battlefield, he covered the full emotional spectrum of a soldier's life. I Rode with Stonewall is one of the most remarkable stories to come out of any war.
About the Author
Henry Kyd Douglas was born in 1840 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia (then Virginia). He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, and, in 1860, was admitted to the bar. He was the youngest member of Stonewall Jackson's staff, was wounded six times, and on more than one occasion was cited for bravery. At the close of the war he was in command of the Light Brigade. After the war Douglas practiced law in Hagerstown and became a prominent figure in legal, political, and military circles of Maryland. He died in 1903.