A Stonewall Jackson Bookshelf

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I have most of the biographies of Stonewall Jackson as well as several on Chancellorsville. One account that I have not seen mentioned is Dr. Hunter McGuire's brief account of the wounding and last days of Jackson. What better source of how the General spent his last few days and especially hours than from the surgeon who attended him?
Another good read is from Chris Mackowski on the Mortal Wounding of Stonewall Jackson. Chris is one of the lead historians at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania battlefields and a oft-requested speaker. I'm actually attending his lecture on this topic next week.
Much of McGuire's account is included in the Time-Life Voices of the Civil War volume Chancellorsville; here's most of the content in a thread I recently made about the subject: https://www.civilwartalk.com/threads/may-10-1863-the-death-of-stonewall-jackson.145734/
 

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for anybody who has read the two volumes on Stonewall Jackson by Lenoir Chambers would you be able to tell me if it is as in depth or as detailed as Robertson's or is more for a beginner?
 
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I actually visited The Jackson house in Lexington the other day.I wanted to ask some that have read it,the biography on Jackson By James Robertson is that more for somebody that knows a grat deal on the subject on him already?I came across a few others online if anybody can tell me if they are good if you don't know much on Jackson.They are Rebel Yell By S.C. Gwynne,and Stonewall Jackson By Byron Farwell and the one By Lenoir Chambers.

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I wanted to ask some that have read it,the biography on Jackson By James Robertson is that more for somebody that knows a grat deal on the subject on him already?
It was the first bio I read on the general (and so far the only one), and before reading it, I did not know much about Jackson. It was an excellent read, very well written and very detailed; I really felt like I knew Jackson after finishing. Though, whether the bio by Robertson is the one for you depends on how much you want to learn about Jackson; it really is very detailed - and not to forget long.
 
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I actually visited The Jackson house in Lexington the other day.I wanted to ask some that have read it,the biography on Jackson By James Robertson is that more for somebody that knows a grat deal on the subject on him already?I came across a few others online if anybody can tell me if they are good if you don't know much on Jackson.They are Rebel Yell By S.C. Gwynne,and Stonewall Jackson By Byron Farwell and the one By Lenoir Chambers.

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It was the first bio I read on the general (and so far the only one), and before reading it, I did not know much about Jackson. It was an excellent read, very well written and very detailed; I really felt like I knew Jackson after finishing. Though, whether the bio by Robertson is the one for you depends on how much you want to learn about Jackson; it really is very detailed - and not to forget long.
Hi, John - I see you DID find the thread after all! As I mentioned, I have as yet to read the Gwynne or the Farwell (and am in no hurry to do so) and the only one I've read by Chambers is the juvenile biography written in the 1960's. Other than the fair warning by luinrina above about length the Robertson is still probably still the Gold Standard of Jackson biographies.
 



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