Superb Video Biography!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In this A&E Biography,one of the most celebrated generals of the Civil War,Clarksburg West Virginia(then Virginia)native Stonewall Jackson was retired when the war began.He enlisted in the Confederate cause and rose rapidly to Brigadier General on the strength of his prior experience and brilliant tactical skill.He eaned his nickname Stonewall,his real name was Thomas J.,during the battle of Bull Run-while Confederate troopsaround him wavered,Jackson's men held firm,"like a stone wall".At the battle of Chancellorville,Jackson's genius circling move behind the larger Union Army led to a Confederate victory.Tragically,upon returning from an observation point,his detachment was mistaken for Union Calvary and fired upon.Jackson died from his wounds eight days later,had he lived, the Civil War may have been greatly prolonged and possibly ended as a stalemate instead of Victory for the Union side.This is a superb A&E Video Biograpy about one of the great men,General Stonewall J. Jackson of America's greatest and tragic conflict,the Civil War.Also,highly recommended is the critically acclaimed movie"Gods and Generals"which is based on the rise and fall of General Stonewall Jackson."
Biography - Stonewall Jackson
G. D. Williams | USA | 07/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stonewall Jackson was perhaps the greatest military leader that the South had during the Civil War. From Bull Run where he gained his famous moniker of Stonewall to Chancellorsville where he was wounded by his own frightened men, the South appeared to be the victor in a conflict which would shed the most innocent blood of the nation.
On the back cover, it says "in an exhaustive investigation". This is a good introduction to Thomas Jonathan Jackson, aka Stonewall Jackson, but it is not exhaustive.
It is well done. The historians adding their perspectives with tidbits tossed into the mix to bring flesh to the bones of a man who was feared by the North and revered by the South.
What drove Stonewall Jackson were his faith and his belief that he was his god's instrument on earth. He lived by the motto, "You may be whatever you resolve to be."
This is how a simple farm boy without a formal education could go to West Point and graduate 17th in his class. In the Mexican War he distinguished himself and was offered a teaching position in 1851 at the Virginia Military Institute.
He knew personal tragedy. He dealt with loss as he did everything else-his determined faith in the divine purposes for his life and the nation.
The last battle of Stonewall Jackson ended at 3:15 pm on Sunday, May 10, 1863. At the age of 39, Thomas Jackson passed to his rest. Shorty before this moment, his last words were-"Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees".
Charles Interrante | USA | 09/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a man for had he not been killed by friendly fire the South would have gained in independence.Now i an not saying the south could have beaten the north Military but by 1864 the north was tired of loosing men and material to a war that was at the time going nowhere.This is a man in the spring of 1962 defeated three union army's a number of about 80,000 thousand men. Jackson with a force of men that never numbered more than 17,000 cleared them out of the Shenandoah Vally in one month.Had he been at Gettysburg There would have been no way that he would not attacked cemetery hill and had it in the the south's hands before darkness.With the high ground now in the south's hands the union army would have no choice but to retreat.Who is to say after that what would have happened.I no what every body will say it didn't happen,and they are right.