Books on Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Battles & Campaigns
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by Joanna M. McDonald
This extraordinary work is the first book on the subject to feature forty-five maps and over 200 photographs of the individual soldiers. Written by a noted military historian, it provides all the essential background information needed to understand the battle without overwhelming the reader. A brief chapter on weapons, uniforms, and terrain sets the stage.
"A well-written, well-paced account." --
The Rebel Rouser
by Ethan S. Rafuse
A Single Grand Victory is a highly readable, concise, comprehensive narrative of the first major battle of the Civil War. Rafuse served as park historien at Bull Run, where he gained great familiarity with the site and the literature on this battle. His book incorporates insights offered in recent scholarship on Civil War military, political, and cultural history. The author describes the factors that led President Abraham Lincoln to order an offensive against Confederates at Manassas Junction at a time when his most prominent military men advised against it. The war policies of both the Union and Confederate sides are explained. Rafuse offers descriptions and analysis of the individuals involved and the circumstances that influenced the manner in which the campaign was conducted. He covers the critical events and operational and tactical decisions that shaped the campaign's course and outcome.
by Stephen W. Sears
"Sears complements his 1988 biography of George McClellan with this definitive analysis of the general's principal campaign. McClellan's grand plan was to land an army at Yorktown, move up the Virginia peninsula toward Richmond, and fight a decisive battle somewhere near the Confederate capital, thereby ending the Civil War while it was still a rebellion instead of a revolution. The strategy failed in part because of McClellan's persistent exaggerations of Confederate strength, but also because under his command the Federals fought piecemeal. The Confederates were only marginally more successful at concentrating their forces, but Sears credits their leaders, especially Lee, as better able to learn from experience. Confederate victory on the Peninsula meant the Civil War would continue. The campaign's heavy casualties indicated the kind of war it would be." - From Publishers Weekly
by Gary W. Gallagher (Editor)
This book offers nine essays in which well-known Civil War historians explore questions regarding high command, strategy and tactics, the effects of the fighting upon politics and society both North and South, and the ways in which emancipation figured in the campaign. The authors have consulted previously untapped manuscript sources and reinterpreted more familiar evidence, sometimes focusing closely on the fighting around Richmond and sometimes looking more broadly at the background and consequences of the campaign.
Second Manassas might have been Robert E. Lee's Greatest Victory as author John Langellier asserts, but it is often neglected in Civil War history as "the other" battle fought at Bull Run rather than as a seminal event. Dr. Langellier's campaign narrative is solid and hits all the main points. Overall, Second Manassas provides a decent overview of this often-neglected campaign.
by John J. Hennessy
In the same league as Shelby Foote, Mr. Hennessy brings the battle of Second Manassas to the reader in a most entertaining and informative way. Unlike many military books which are dry and hard to follow, this book reads like a novel keeping the reader's interest from beginning to end.
by Edward J. Stackpole
Edward Stackpole puts you into the heads of the commanders better than anyone else and never burdens the reader with unnecessary detail.
by Norman S. Stevens
Norman Stevens looks not only at Antietam, but also at the whole period beginning with the Union retreat at Second Manassas. "Antietam 1862" presents an assessment of each commander's campaign strategy, then provides the complete order of battle for each side, and then details the progress of the battle on almost a blow-by-blow level. The volume includes more than 90 illustrations including contemporary etchings and drawings, charts and color plates, and an excellent set of three-dimensional maps of the battle. The book concludes with a brief guide to the Antietam battlefield today and detailed suggestions for war gamers. There are certainly more detailed descriptions of the Battle of Antietam (all of which are listed in the back of the book), but you are not going to find a more user-friendly book on how the bumbling Union army managed to halt Lee's first invasion of the North, setting the stage for Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Stevens' volume is ideal for taking with you when you visit the actual battlefield.
by John Michael Priest
This book is a "must read" for the serious Civil War buff interested in Antietam. Priest gives you the battle from the perspective of those who fought it, in the actual chronology of the battle. The many maps are some of the most detailed - you can locate within a few feet where a particular company stood at a particular time. In addition, Priest simply tells what happened - again, in great detail. He thankfully does not editorialize or moralize.
by Stephen W. Sears
"Winner of the Fletcher Platt Award for best nonfiction book about the Civil War, here is the definitive work on this bitter struggle. A definitive study of the climactic and pivotal battle of Antietam offers a vivid account of the two armies, the soldiers and officers, and the bitter, bloody campaign and analyzes the impact of Antietam on the Civil War as a whole." - Synopsis
by Francis Augustin O'Reilly
The author has done a superb job of chronicling the events of November and December 1862, casting a critical eye on the conduct of a battle that probably should never have been fought. Utilizing a vast array of sources and with a well-written narrative, O'Reilly has done justice to a campaign that has long required a detailed tactical analysis.
by George C. Rable
George Rable offers a gripping account of the battle of Fredericksburg and places the campaign within its broader political, social, and military context. Blending battlefield and home front history, he not only addresses questions of strategy and tactics but also explores material conditions in camp, the rhythms and disruptions of military life, and the enduring effects of the carnage on survivors--both civilian and military--on both sides.
by Gary W. Gallagher (Editor)
A great collection of essays by those historians most familiar with the Battle of Fredericksburg. Burnsides excellent biographer, William Marvel, writes a very balanced essay on Burnside and his high command that was still full of McClellan political generals and some that were inept. Burnside shares blame for failed opportunities but was primarily let down by Franklin who proved to be incapable or neglectful in providing a strong attack on the Confederate right that was necessary to attack the heights of the town on the confederate left. The objective critic of Lee, Alan Nolan, writes an essay substantiating why this battle was Lee's greatest and how Longstreet was so capable that his great critic Douglas Freeman had to praise him. A. William Greene who spent many years with the park service at Fredericksburg (he's now at the new Pamplin Civil War Museum in Petersburg) writes of Burnside's last and lost attempt at continuing the campaign, the mud march. Difficult in bad weather but made worse by the political generals who contributed willingly to his failure. The other essays contribute to the realities of war, the carnage and the effect on Civilians and how the virtually destroyed Pennsylvania Division were later to shout "Remember Fredericksburg" at Gettysburg.
by Jay Luvaas (Editor), Harold W. Nelson (Editor)
These series of books are the best available resource for conducting ACW battlefield tours - assuming that your purpose in touring battlefields is to study and understand the applicable tactics, strategy and terrain and to develop an appreciation for the objectives and efforts of the participants. If you go to ACW battlefields to gawk and gossip as an everyday tourist then you do not need to study these guides. If you have an active interest in ACW history, military history in general or fascinating chapters in human history, then these guides are remarkable values, "Best Buys". Thorough but not intimidating, insightful and objective, with no deficiencies noted.
by Stephen W. Sears
Stephen Sears once again shows his great skill in recounting civil war battles.
by Ernest B. Furgurson
This is a well written, comprehensive overview of the battle of Chancellorsville. The author has created a well balanced book that provides insight at both the strategic and tactical levels. His use of first person source material brings the battle to life and makes for compelling reading. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War and this battle in particular.