I would be very grateful if some of you could please recommend a good biography of Stonewall Jackson. I’m looking for one that is not only factual but is also a good read. Some of the ones I’m looking at are very big books and I don’t want to have to slog through hundreds of pages of very dry prose.
"Stonewall Jackson. The Man The Soldier,The Legend" by James I Robertson is the definitive Jackson. It is over 760 pages but well worth the effort.
"Stonewall Jackson as Military Commander" by John Selby, a good deal shorter(238 pages), and containing some good photos and maps as well as double size, fold out battle maps. Excellent book.
Problem with Stonewall books is that most tend to be bit worshipful. I don't envy your task in finding an objective study that's an easy read. There is one out there, I just don't know which one it is.
I’m about 100 pages into the James Robertson book and, so far, I’ve got very few complaints. It is starting to get perhaps a wee bit worshipful but some of the myths and legends surrounding Jackson have already been blown wide open! For such a weighty tome that goes into so much detail I am pleased that the style of writing is so easily accessible.
Not having researched Jackson too deeply before I was surprised to learn that his religious beliefs did not come from his upbringing and that he was, in fact, an orphan. Hey, hang on, am I starting to admire the man just a wee bit?
One of the great things about this part of American history are the characters that shaped your nation and Jackson is certainly one of those!