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A Stonewall Jackson Bookshelf

Discussion in 'Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson' started by James N., Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Jamieva

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    unfortunately a lot of books published pre 2000s don't have an ebook form and honestly probably will not for some time if ever. Both of those books by Dr. Robertson are not available in e book.
     
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    That is a pretty nice rifle James. It should be vz. 24.
    Here is a link about the rifle, although, it is in Czech language. http://forum.valka.cz/viewtopic.php/title/CZK-vz-24/t/8237

    AS far as I know all 3 "major" armories (Bratislava, Kosice, Trencin) on the Slovakian territory, were created after 1937. Although, they resembled storehouses more than factories, since it is '38 model, it is possible for weapons being assembled there. The major armory supplying Czechoslovakia and other countries, however, was the one in Brno.

    Sorry for the off-topic :smile:
     
  4. James N.

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    Yes, that's it - thanks for the link, which translates into English; the receiver markings are almost identical to these! Without pulling it down off the gun rack, I tend to forget and confuse the model no. with that of the Polish Mausers - I don't have one of those, but a friend who's another member of the forums here does. It's been several years since I got it and I no longer remember why I think it's Slovak rather than Czech, but for one it doesn't have any waffens indicating German use.

    No need to apologize; after all, I'm the one who brought it up!
     
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    I just found this thread. Very helpful. I've not read much biography but Jackson is a fascinating guy and I might have to change my ways a bit. I've got a twig in my family tree who served on his staff (and that twig had a sprout who was one of the New Market cadets). I've got family in the same cemetery where Jackson is buried too. So, there's a tenuous connection. Thanks y'all.
     
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    I especially recommend Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne. It is great biography.
     
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    I'm reading Rebel Yell right now. Excellent book. I got mine from the library but I've noticed that Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller has them for $24.95 plus $3.50 postage.
     
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    I've got a lot of reading to do! Thanks--great post!
     
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    Jackson's Valley Campaign, November 1861 - June 1862

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    I've just finished this short ( 220-page ) volume on Jackson's Valley Campaign by David G. Martin in a series called Great Campaigns. Though not without certain flaws, it provides what some readers have asked for, a concise but reasonably detailed and easy-to-follow account of the maneuvers and battles of Jackson's most famous contribution to the military art. It was originally published in 1988 ( revised in 1994 ), but remains a good introduction to Stonewall and what can sometimes be a confusing period and theater of the war.

    For a fuller review and description, please see:

    http://civilwartalk.com/threads/jacksons-valley-campaign-by-david-g-martin.113484/
     
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    I'd second or third Rebel Yell...

    I am listening to it on Audiobook that I got out of our local public library. I actually enjoy my commute to/from work now! It is read exceptionally well and is very engaging.

    So much I did know about the man's childhood hardships and heart-wrenching experiences he had growing up and with his first wife. He appears to be like two different people..on and off the battlefield. Of course a lot of us could say that on/off work we are different people. But his work probably involved more life/death decisions than most of us encounter.
     
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    I really liked "Stonewall Goes West". I thought the writer did a good job at portraying Jackson.
     
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    Have and have read Krick's book "Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain". Is a pretty comprehensive study.
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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/14...&tag=civilwarbooks-20&linkId=OBTW2IIA5IQA7JRF

    Stonewall Jackson's Little Sorrel: An Unlikely Hero of the Civil War

    During the Civil War and throughout the rest of the nineteenth century there was no star that shone brighter than that of a small red horse who was known as Stonewall Jackson’s Little Sorrel. Robert E. Lee’s Traveller eventually became more familiar but he was mostly famous for his looks. Not so with the little sorrel. Early in the war he became known as a horse of great personality and charm, an eccentric animal with an intriguing background. Like Traveller, his enduring fame was due initially to the prominence of his owner and the uncanny similarities between the two of them. The little red horse long survived Jackson and developed a following of his own. In fact, he lived longer than almost all horses who survived the Civil War as well as many thousands of human veterans. His death in 1886 drew attention worthy of a deceased general, his mounted remains have been admired by hundreds of thousands of people since 1887, and the final burial of his bones (after a cross-country, multi-century odyssey) in 1997 was the occasion for an event that could only be described as a funeral, and a well-attended one at that. Stonewall Jackson’s Little Sorrel is the story of that horse.


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    Shenandoah Valley 1862 Osprey 50.jpg

    This relatively recent (2013) title is #258 in Osprey Publishing's popular Campaign series, and I thought it might be a worthy subject for inclusion here on the Stonewall Jackson Bookshelf, seeing as how there have been requests for shorter more-accessible accounts of this fairly complex operation; unfortunately, though adequate in most respects it's by no means anything more than that. Authors Clayton and James Donnell do a good job describing some of the more complicated individual battles, though these do not always coordinate well with the maps.

    The real appeal of these slim paperback volumes (only 96 pp.), however, is usually the combination of text with maps, illustrations, and specially commissioned artworks, most often battle paintings, like Adam Hook's The Battle of Port Republic which is also reproduced on the cover, above. Unfortunately, the result in this as in most works on the Valley is the usual portraits of generals on both sides, a very few universally small pencil studies, generic photos of cannon, and a handful of modern photos that I think I may say are no better and no worse than those I've contributed here in my own threads. Rounding out this account is a single page entitled THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY that is almost useless due to the extremely general information it provides about the various locations comprising this campaign, spread out as it was over most of the Shenandoah Valley and surroundings.

    For a more complete review of this overall disappointing work, please see: http://civilwartalk.com/threads/she...n-outmaneuvers-the-union.122697/#post-1293739
     
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    Thanks for mentioning this. It's my book, currently going through the first round of edits. I'll post some of the things that are going to have to be removed for length over the next few months. In this book you'll discover that some of the things you've assumed about Little Sorrel and Jackson are simply untrue. Sorry, Jackson biographers!

     
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    The page proofs are in! The good news..it looks really good, if I say so myself. The bad news...I now have to work and shouldn't be spending my time here looking for interesting things.
     
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    All of the above are excellent books on Jackson but I would include the two volume work by Lenoir Chambers entitled: "Stonewall Jackson". The first volume's title is: "The Legend and the Man to Valley V" and the second volume's title is: "Seven Days I to the Last March" I believe GFR Henderson also wrote a multi volume biography of Jackson?
     
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    Interesting; I hadn't heard of these, though I believe it was Chambers who authored my old Landmark - Stonewall Jackson for juveniles I got back when I was one! I'm pretty sure Henderson's book was originally issued in a two-volume set but is usually found in later editions bound together in one.
     
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    "We are in for it!" - The First Battle of Kernstown by Gary Ecelbarger

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    I have just finished this very fine study of the First Battle of Kernstown and highly recommend it. Since Kernstown was the first battle in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, there is a great deal of information about the beginnings of the campaign as well as a brief summation of it and follow-up of the principal actors in the drama. One real strength when compared with works by Robert Krick and other authors who have written about Jackson's battles is the extensive use of materials from the Union side which is often glossed over. I learned a good deal from Ecelbarger's study, from the probable actual strengths of both armies; to the often faulty tactical dispositions of units on both sides. A note for the worshipful, however: the Mighty Stonewall doesn't come off too favorably here and is even accused (probably rightly so!) of treating Richard Garnett as a scapegoat for his own failures.

    Here's a more lengthy review for your consideration:

    http://civilwartalk.com/threads/we-...stown-by-gary-ecelbarger.127359/#post-1390739
     
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    James N. Are you attending the event in Gettysburg this week? If you are, I am looking forward to meeting you. David.
     
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    For those that have read it How Are the biographies on Jackson by Frank Vandiver and Byron Farwell are they both easy to read and are they a good starting out point on Jackson?
     

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