Synopses & Reviews
From the author of the prize-winning andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestseller andlt;iandgt;Empire of the Summer Moon andlt;/iandgt;comes a thrilling accountandlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;of how Civil War general Thomas and#8220;Stonewalland#8221; Jacksonandlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;became a great and tragic American hero.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 countryand#8217;s greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jacksonand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In April 1862 Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. 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. He had, moreover, given the Confederate cause what it had recently lackedand#8212;hopeand#8212;and struck fear into the hearts of the Union.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Rebel Yell andlt;/Iandgt;is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynneand#8217;s hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jacksonand#8217;s private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It traces Jacksonand#8217;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.
"Journalist Gwynne follows his bestselling Empire of the Summer Moon with a stimulating study of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Jackson today remains a figure of almost mythical proportions and embodies the more heroic elements of the Southern cause. Gwynne, in a primarily chronological narrative, reveals him to have been an early master of modern mobile warfare and a clear-eyed interpreter of what modern 'pitiless war was all about.' In 1861, Jackson was 'part of that great undifferentiated mass of second-rate humanity who weren't going anywhere in life.' But underneath his efflorescent eccentricities, he was 'highly perceptive and exquisitely sensitive,' as well as an 'incisive and articulate observer.' In the spring of 1862 those qualities shaped the brilliant Shenandoah Valley campaign that reinvigorated a stagnant Confederate war effort and established him as the 'most famous military figure in the Western world.' Exhaustion limited Jackson's contributions to the Peninsular Campaign, but from Second Bull Run through Antietam to his mortal wounding at Chancellorsville, his achievements and his legend grew. Gwynne tells Jackson's story without editorializing and readers are likely to agree that, without Jackson, Lee 'would never again be quite so brilliant,' while even in the North Jackson was considered, rather than a rebel, a 'gentleman and... fundamentally an American.' Maps and 16-page photo insert." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the author of the mega-bestselling, prize-winning andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller andlt;Iandgt;Empire of the Summer Moonandlt;/Iandgt; comes a groundbreaking account of how Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was a Confederate general with only a single battle credential, fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. 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. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope. In four full-scale battles and six major skirmishes in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Jackson had taken an army that never numbered more than 17,000 men and often had far less, against more than 70,000 Union troops whose generals had been ordered to destroy him. He had humiliated them and sent the armies reeling backward in retreat. He had done it with the full knowledge that he and his army were alone in a Union-dominated wilderness and surrounded at all times. He had even beaten a trap designed by Lincoln himself to catch him.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;How did he do this? Jackson marched his men at a pace unknown to soldiers of the era. He made flashing strikes in unexpected places, and assaults of hard and relentless fury. He struck from behind mountain ranges and out of steep passes. His use of terrain reminded observers of Hannibal and Napoleon. His exploits in the valley rank among the most spectacular military achievements of the 19th century. Considered one of our country's greatest military figures, a difficult genius cited as inspiration by George Patton and Erwin Rommel, and a man whose brilliance at the art of war transcends the Civil War itself, Stonewall Jackson's legacy is both great and tragic in this compelling account, which demonstrates how, as much as any Confederate figure, Jackson embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause.
The epic story of an Irish rebel turned American hero who shaped history on a global scale, including as a fighter for slavesand#39; freedom in all the iconic battles of the American Civil War
About the Author
TIMOTHY EGANandnbsp;is a Pulitzer Prizeandndash;winning reporter and the author ofandnbsp;seven books, most recentlyandnbsp;Short Nights of the Shawdow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.andnbsp;His previous books include Theandnbsp;Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award and was named a New York Times Editorsandrsquo; Choice, andandnbsp;The Big Burn:andnbsp;Teddyandnbsp;Roosevelt and theandnbsp;Fire Thatandnbsp;Saved America, aandnbsp;New York Timesandnbsp;bestseller and winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellersandnbsp;Award and the Washington State Book Award.andnbsp;Heandnbsp;is an online op-ed columnist for the New York Times, writing his andquot;Opinionatorandquot; feature once a week. He isandnbsp;a third-generation Westerner andandnbsp;lives in Seattle.