I received an e-copy of this book through NetGalley with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, etc.).
I requested this book because I have read one other (Empire of the Summer Moon) by S. C. Gwynne and thoroughly enjoyed it. This book did not disappoint.
I had previously read one other biography of Thomas”Stonewall” Jackson and found that this one clarified some of the myths about him that the other reinforced (such as constantly sucking on lemons). This book very clearly pointed out that Jackson was a complicated man who considered his ultimate loyalty to God, but still managed to answer the call to arms by his home state of Virginia.
The South was fortunate that Jackson was not a good public speaker or he may have become a preacher and never have become the savior of the south on numerous ocassions prior to his death as a result of wounds he received at Chancellorsville. Another of his traits was that he was an agressive leader when in battle, but often took time to pray during the fight. He was also very human in that he could not see in himself the fault that he found in some of his subordinates and often would not relent in his pursuit to have them court martialed or reassigned.
I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in either Stonewall Jackson or the civil war in general. It is well documented and an informative read.