Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies: General Stonewall Jackson's Account of the Battle of Fredericksburg (Illustrated)

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies: General Stonewall Jackson's Account of the Battle of Fredericksburg (Illustrated)

by Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Charles River Editors

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Stonewall Jackson needs no formal introduction, being one of the most famous generals of the Civil War, revered throughout the South for his extremely successful military skill. At the same time, Jackson’s pious Christianity and seeming eccentricities have continued to fascinate historians, scholars and readers, who often still argue why he would hold his left arm up with his palm facing outward while in battle.

Jackson earned his famous “stonewall” moniker at the Battle of First Bull Run, when Brigadier-General Bee told his brigade to rally behind Jackson, who was standing like a stone wall. General Bee was mortally wounded shortly after giving the order, so it’s still unclear whether that was a compliment for standing strong or an insult for not moving his brigade, but the nickname stuck for the brigade and the general itself.

Jackson would go on to lead an army to one of the most incredible campaigns of the war in the Shenandoah Valley in 1862. Known as the Valley Campaign, Jackson kept 3 Union armies occupied north of Richmond with less than 1/3 of the men. Jackson’s forces marched about 650 miles in just 3 months, earning the nickname “foot cavalry.”

Jackson’s participation in the Second Bull Run Campaign and Maryland Campaign only burnished his star, and he also led his corps at Fredericksburg, a decisive Confederate victory. At the height of his glory, he was mortally wounded while pressing his successful flank march and attack at the Battle of Chancellorsville, helping the Army of Northern Virginia win the battle despite being heavily outnumbered.

As a general, Jackson had to write an official account of the battle of Fredericksburg, and it was preserved in The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. This edition includes illustrations of the battle and pictures of the important military commanders.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013370036
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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