Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 30, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 672 pages
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From the author of the prize-winning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic American 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. 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. 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 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 lacked—hope—and struck fear into the hearts of the Union.

Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne’s hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson’s private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It 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.
 

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User Review  - msaucier818 - LibraryThing

A fantastic biography of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. I had read one book that focused exclusively on Jackson many years ago, so the stories in this biography was in many ways new to me. Jackson's ... Read full review

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User Review  - santhony - LibraryThing

I read a lot of biographies. As a student of history, I have found that biographies, many times, are the best way to assess historical events. I am in the midst of reading a string of biographies ... Read full review

Contents

April21 1861May 10 1863
1
The Bullets Song
73
Glory and Darkness
97
A Very Small Very Bitter Fight
110
A Highly Unusual
119
The Embattled Professor
127
Deliberately and Ingeniously Cloaked
135
An Upright Citizen
151
June 9 1862
314
Slaughter in a Small Place
322
PART FOUR Stirrings of a Legend
329
Acclaim and a New Mission
331
The Hilljack and the Society Boy
340
The Defense of Richmond
348
June 25July 1 1862
350
Victory by Any Other Name
363

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157
PART THREE Valley of the Shadow of Death
159
Where Is the Thunder ofWar?
161
A Preternatural Calm
170
A Season of Storms
176
37
190
A Looming Peril
193
The Realm of the Possible
204
Maps ofJacksons Valley Campaign
208
A Jagged Line of Blood
212
March 23 1862
214
The Shooting War
229
A Fools Paradise
234
47
251
Hazards of Command
257
Hunter as Prey
266
The Professors TimeSpeedDistance Equation
274
May 2325 1862
276
A Lethal Footrace
282
The Taking of Winchester
291
Lincolns Perfect Trap
299
A Strange Fondness for Traps
312
In Which Everything Changes
383
No Backing Out This Day
394
The Hum of a Beehive
408
At Bay on His Baptismal Soil
423
The Mongrel Barefooted Crew
447
The BloodWashed Ground
461
Stonewall Jacksons Way
482
Winter of Dreams
507
Cometh the Hour Cometh the Man
519
An Iron Sabre Vowed to an Iron Lord
539
Immortality
552
Acknowledgments
563
Notes
577
65
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73
598
Bibliography
623
Insert Photograph Credits
635
97
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119
650
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S.C. Gwynne is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rebel Yell and Empire of the Summer Moon, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He spent most of his career as a journalist, including stints with Time as bureau chief, national correspondent, and senior editor, and with Texas Monthly as executive editor. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife.

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