A Student of History

September 12, 2007

Whatever You Resolve to Be

Filed under: New books,Wars — John Maass @ 6:46 am

Here is a link to the book review I wrote for H-CivilWar of Wilson Greene’s Whatever You Resolve to Be: Essays on Stonewall Jackson (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005.) 

Wilson Greene’s well-written volume is a collection of five essays on various aspects of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and his involvement in the American Civil War. While certainly not a hagiography, this study is by and large a favorable assessment of Jackson’s performance during the Civil War, even during the Seven Days battles in 1862. Lucid prose is surely Greene’s strongest asset, which no doubt will make this book appealing to a general audience. Scholars of the war and Jackson’s role in it will also find the essays of interest as well, although they are not without their shortcomings.

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