A thorough and effectively executed study, this biography will appeal to anyone interested in Stonewall Jackson and the military history of the Civil War.
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was one of the greatest generals of the Civil War and remains an iconic figure of American history. Stonewall Jackson: A Biography offers a complete yet concise account of Jackson's life and career, illuminating the forces and events that shaped both.
The study is organized chronologically, beginning with Jackson's hardscrabble upbringing in the mountains of western Virginia. It follows him through the experiences that brought him to 1861, when he won the nickname "Stonewall" on the battlefield of the first great battle of the Civil War, and then traces his military career and role in the Confederate victories of 1861–1863. Throughout, the biography never loses sight of the man himself. Readers will understand both Jackson's impact on military history and the qualities that enabled him to achieve personal satisfaction and fame as one of history's great soldiers.
• Ten photographs of Jackson, his men, and the sites where they won glory together
• A bibliographic essay identifying the best sources on Jackson and the wars, campaigns, and battles in which he participated
About the Author
Ethan S. Rafuse is professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
Timeline: Events in the Life of Stonewall Jackson xv
Chapter 1 Making of a Soldier 1
Chapter 2 The Young Lieutenant 15
Chapter 3 Tom Fool 33
Chapter 4 Stonewall 53
Chapter 5 Valley Commander 69
Chapter 6 We Shall Get Them on the Run 77
Chapter 7 The Battles for Richmond 99
Chapter 8 Who Could Not Conquer? 111
Chapter 9 The Campaign in Maryland 129
Chapter 10 Fredericksburg 141
Chapter 11 Allow Nothing to Stop You 157
Chapter 12 Under the Shade of the Trees 177
Further Reading 187