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

Rebel Yell The Violence Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson From the author of the prizewinning 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 h

  • Title: Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
  • Author: S.C. Gwynne
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  • Page: 249
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From the author of the prizewinning 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 SouthernFrom the author of the prizewinning 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, over, 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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    1. ”He wore a tattered, faded, and mud-flecked uniform whose shoulders had been bleached yellow by the sun, large artillery boots, and a soiled cap pulled down across the bridge of his nose so that much of his face was obscured. His hair was long and his beard unkempt. He was what most of the thousands of people who saw him and later recorded their observations might have called nondescript.”Thomas “Stonewall” JacksonGeneral Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was one of those men that blossomed [...]

    2. The Rebel Yell, is one of a number of books about Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Some say, Stonewall was one of the greatest generals of the Civil War. The book's title is of course, the name given the actual screech of charging Confederate soldiers that "sent chills up the spine" of Yankee soldiers. It was Stonewall Jackson's men at the First Battle of Manassas that started the phenomenon. Stonewall was said to be a "cold blooded killer". As a leader, he was not "touchy, feely", but his men wou [...]

    3. Gwynne describes his biography of Jackson as an amateur effort, and as such, it is a strong one. He documents meticulously, using both primary documents and highly respected secondary sources. It is a sympathetic portrait of Jackson, generally speaking, although the author maintains a reasonable professional distance and objectivity. Sometimes his point of view is that of the dispassionate observer, and at other times, he speaks as if he were Jackson's friend, a quirky touch that I found oddly e [...]

    4. I found this a masterful telling of the life of the Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Mr. Gwynne really brings to life the man who was probably the best tactical General of the Civil War. From the opening prologue, the Jackson the author presents is not a man who is big on appearances. He is dressed in such a way as to be almost unnoticeable on a crowded train platform.In this well written account, the author tells the story of Jackson’s life and brings to life the contradict [...]

    5. S.C. Gwynne sure knows how to tell a story. I was a little afraid that a 700-page book focused on one person in the Civil War would be a little tedious, but I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is fascinating. I got caught up in it like I normally would a novel. It's intense, sometimes really sad, and sometimes really funny.I was also a little surprised that I found myself sympathetic with Stonewall and his troops as they move through the story. This was my first Civil War book from the pe [...]

    6. “Draw the sword and throw away the scabbard.”I’ll start with my usual disclaimer that I can’t speak to the accuracy of the history in this book. In fact, my prior knowledge of Stonewall Jackson, and indeed the whole Civil War, could fairly be described as non-existent. But Gwynne has clearly done a huge amount of research and, assuming the accuracy, the only word that I can find to describe the book is superb. In terms of the quality of the descriptive writing, the structure and skilful [...]

    7. One of the best biographies you will ever read. Gwynne introduces you to Stonewall Jackson and you will come to understand he is every bit the legendary Civil War leader you have heard about. But Gwynne also takes you on an exploration of the man behind the hard driving commander that excelled on the battlefield. Be prepared to form an emotional attachment with Jackson well crafted by an outstanding author. Excellent work and highly recommended!

    8. This is a great book which I forgot to rate and write upon. Anyway I will give you a full review later this day. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond

    9. The Civil War has never been my strong point in history – but knowing that, I decided that it would be a good thing for me to make an effort to better understand this part of US history, especially from the side of the Confederacy. Stonewall Jackson is the only other Confederate General I could have named besides General Lee, and all I could have told you was his name. Well, now having read Rebel Yell I have come to admire this man in such a way that he has become one of my favorite figures is [...]

    10. This was a very interesting book about Stonewall Jackson (my ancestor) and the any people he encountered. I learned so much about the man and I feel like I have a picture of what he was like. Cotter did a great job reading it too.

    11. This is an excellent biography of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. It follows the story of the eccentric and not totally popular instructor at a Virginia military school (he taught what we might now call physics) to be one of the top Confederate generals during the Civil War. He was one of the students' greatest fears; he could not explain scientific phenomena very well and would "lose" his classes. He had some success before his term as a faculty member, e.g during the Mexican War.With the advent of [...]

    12. “Rebel Yell” by S.C. Gwynne, published by Scribner.Category – Civil War/Biography Publication Date – September 30, 2014.If you are student of history, a student of the Civil War, or a reader just interested in a good biography and an easy readable book on the Civil War, ”Rebel Yell” will satisfy ya’ll.The book presents a thorough look at the life of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. It also provides a look at the major battles of the Civil War and gives convincing reasons why they we [...]

    13. General Jackson was extremely pious, shy and a hell of a fighter. Just his presence near a battle brought fear to the Union armies. I really enjoyed Mr. Gwynne's telling of the story of one of our great generals.

    14. Once again, a random selection from the Advanced Reading Copies shelf at work has led me to a good book on a topic I normally wouldn't pick.The American Civil War certainly had its share of larger-than-life participants. The winners, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant are immortalized on our currency. The other side have not fared so well in the history books and popular culture. S.C. Gwynne's exhaustive biography of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson could elevate at least one Confederate to Ame [...]

    15. After having read S. C. Gwynne's "Rebel Yell, the violence, passion, and redemption of Stonewall Jackson", I cannot longer claim convincingly that the rebels where the bad guys and the Yankees the good ones!!!For me this book has turn to be the source of a great and multi-layered blessing as follow:First of all let me say that Gwynne's magnificent narration describing Jacksons life and the American civil war in spite of covering nearly 700 pages, never becomes insipid or dull.Indeed, the pages f [...]

    16. Author S.C. Gwynne has written a superb biography of a 19th century legend - Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. The book has deservedly received a number of awards. I will use the term 'biography' somewhat loosely here. Although we learn about Jackson's entire life, the book concentrates on his service as a Confederate general from April 1861 to his death on May 10, 1863 as a result of wounds received during the Battle of Chancellorsville.I have read a number of books on the Civil War, but would cla [...]

    17. I've been deep into Civil War reads for several years, but never have read a biography of the legendary Stonewall Jackson, and was absolutely thrilled that the publishers have given me the opportunity to read and review this book. Many of the books I've read have discussed in part the genius, quirkiness, and characters of Jackson. Rebel Yell is a complete expose of the Confederate general.Gwynne starts the book in the Valley, where Jackson grew the seed of legend planted on the killing fields of [...]

    18. Rebel Yell provides an insightful look into the life of Stonewall Jackson and the civil war years.This book provides the reader with a ton of information on civil war history and the life of Stonewall Jackson. It was a fascinating read and although I consider myself relatively informed on the civil war, this book still managed to provide me with some new (or lesser known) information. I definitely felt that this book touched on the majority of information, giving the reader all of the important [...]

    19. This book is a must read. Having read several other biographies of "Stonewall" Jackson, I wondered what was left to tell, but Gwynne manages the feat handily by making the man come alive in a way in which other biographies, although well written, and his own legend, however well deserved, have not. After finishing the book, I can almost feel the anguish his closest compatriots must have felt at his untimely demise. Gwynne's own words do it justice: "Jackson, by contrast - remote, silent, eccentr [...]

    20. An informative and at the same time entertaining read about the famous Confederate general. It's obvious that the author did his homework. Artfully blending facts with background this reads more like a novel. Works of this type sometimes turn into a dry series of details but this is anything but. Strongly recommended for Civil War buffs and anyone looking for a very good history read. 4 1/2 stars. Thanks to the folks at NetGalley for giving me a copy.

    21. This book gives a great interpretation of the great Stonewall Jackson. He was an absolutely fascinating individual. If you're planning on reading bios of the American Civil War generals, by all means include Rebel Yell on your list.

    22. S.C. Gwynne delivers a captivating look at Stonewall Jackson, fitting an enormous amount of historical detail into a riveting narrative that the reader will likely not want to end. Perhaps one of the best war biographies ever written, its quality is a testament to Gwynne’s engaging style and the greatness of the subject.Thomas Jonathan Jackson possessed an uncompromising will and unquenchable passion. A ferocious and unyielding warrior, he was known for his austerity and devotion to duty. But [...]

    23. BOOK REVIEW: 'Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson': The Truth is Even Stranger Than the LegendREVIEWED BY DAVID M. KINCHENOne of my favorite quotations -- one that I've used before as a book review epigraph -- comes from the 1962 movie "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." It's probably my favorite Western, with a marvelous cast, including the luminous Vera Miles. (I had a crush on Ms. Miles, who played Marion Crane's sister in "Psycho").The quotation comes at th [...]

    24. A masterpiece of research, yielding in-depth battlefield strategy along with the personal and family side of this complex man. I found the battle scenes both riveting and tiring, as I tried to follow every step and the maps, which were not always easy to track to the wording. But all in all, this is a piece d' resistance of a biography. Having grown up in a family who had a participant in the (second) Battle of Cold Harbor, and who, having survived injuries that normally would have been fatal, a [...]

    25. A superb biography if you’re looking for a detailed account of Jackson’s time serving in the army of the CSA. Gwynne does a good job detailing Jackson’s most famous battles and exposing some of his flaws, especially during the Valley Campaign, but also showing you what made him such a great general. However, even though it was interspersed throughout the book, I thought this was lacking in descriptions of Jackson’s early life. That said, the biography is engaging and provides a portrait [...]

    26. Gwynnes' writing is engaging, and after reading his first book, I wanted to read this one. Stonewall Jackson was a complex man - deeply religious, a horrible teacher who turned out to be a brave, smart military leader. I've never been interested in the American Civil War but this book makes me want to learn more.

    27. Superb. Not only a complete portrait of the man, and the battles he took part in, but also an admirable piece of writing. Avoids the trap of most biographies by skipping back and forth between the salient events of Jackson's life, his other years, and the nature of contemporary society.

    28. What a fantastic and detailed book! Everything you'd ever want to know about Thomas Stonewall Jackson, and S.C. Gwynne puts you right in the day to day action. Absolutely loved this book!

    29. This is probably the best biography I've ever read due to the fascinating subject and the captivating writing style. I highly recommend it!

    30. Once again, as with previous book, Gwynne had taken a charismatic figure of American history, and delivered some good insights, but made some major, elemental errors at the same time, along with doing some major punch-pulling on interpretive history.In "Empire of the Summer Moon," it was giving Comanche chief Quanah a white man's last name that he never had, and knowing better than to do that, being a Texan.This time, the main factual error, or constellation of errors, in this book is promoting [...]

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