Rebel Yell

The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
Author(s): S.C. Gwynne
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
CD - unabridged
Audio (21 discs)
Product Number: DD12919
Released: Sep 30, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781442367357
Narrator/s: Cotter Smith
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From the author of the mega-bestselling, prize-winning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a groundbreaking account of how Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson became a great and tragic American hero. General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle 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 given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope. In four full-scale battles and six major skirmishes in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Jackson had taken an army that never numbered more than 17,000 men and often had far less, against more than 70,000 Union troops whose generals had been ordered specifically to destroy him. And he had humiliated them, in spite of their best efforts, sent the armies reeling backward in retreat. He had done it with the full knowledge that he and his army were alone in a Union-dominated wilderness and surrounded at all times. He had even beaten a trap designed by Lincoln himself to catch him. How did he do this? Jackson marched his men at a pace unknown to soldiers of the era. He made flashing strikes in unexpected places, and assaults of hard and relentless fury. He struck from behind mountain ranges and out of steep passes. His use of terrain reminded observers of Hannibal and Napoleon. His exploits in the valley rank among the most spectacular military achievements of the 19th century. Considered one of our country's greatest military figures, a difficult genius cited as inspiration by such later figures as George Patton and Erwin Rommel, and a man whose brilliance at the art of war transcends the Civil War itself, Stonewall Jackson's legacy is both great and tragic in this compelling account, which demonstrates how, as much as any Confederate figure, Jackson embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause.

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Author(s): S.C. Gwynne
Narrator(s): Cotter Smith
Product Number Z100135386
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442367364
Author(s): S.C. Gwynne
Product Number EB00579389
Released: Sep 30, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781451673302

Professional reviews

"With his low, resonant voice, Cotter Smith does a fine job narrating this detailed biography of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson. GwynneÕs biography is well researched, giving great insight into Jackson as well as those he interacted with. The authorÕs writing style is easily accessible, and SmithÕs voice and delivery match the text well. The details of JacksonÕs lifeÑhis humble beginnings in the mountains of western Virginia and his proving himself at West Point, Virginia Military Institute, and then in Confederate serviceÑflow smoothly as narrated by Smith. His intonation, pacing, and inflection are spot-on, making this production seem shorter than it actually is. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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