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Stonewall in the Valley: Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Spring 1862

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Updated and expanded revision of a classic study brings to life the most electrifying campaign of the Civil War.
Hardcover, First Stackpole Edition, Updated and Revised, 624 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Stackpole Books (first published November 30th 1975)
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James Murphy
Jan 28, 2014 James Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading Tanner's history I had little real knowledge of Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign. I knew only a general overview of the campaign, including its strategic purpose within the wider war in Virginia, and the names of the battles fought. The history is told from the Confederate point of view with enough details of Union movements and thought involved to explain their response to Jackson. It's a history full of personality and anecdote and wise in its military analysis so that the c ...more
Enjoyed this book, read it at the same time as the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Valley Campaign. Was even able to take it with me and read the appropriate sections onsite at Cross Keys and Port Republic. Thought Tanner did a good job of covering the tactical, operational, and strategic aspects of the campaign. As he states up front, the book was written from a Southern perspective, so one will need to go elsewhere for a North-South balanced narrative. I was worried that Tanner would attempt to ...more
Avis Black
There is a particular reason why I prefer this earlier, 1976 first edition of Robert Tanner's book to the 1996 rewrite. Even though the later book includes more information, it also suffers from 'cleansing' of the viewpoint. In the earlier book Tanner felt free to criticize Jackson's generalship. Apparently this was not popular in Civil War circles, and Tanner santizied the 1996 version. The 1976 book also has a more agreeable style than the later version, which is awfully wooden in comparison. ...more
Vincent O'Neil
Apr 14, 2017 Vincent O'Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic history of an important campaign in the early years of the Civil War. Tanner's grasp of the Shenandoah Campaign, as well as events in the larger war that it influenced, is extraordinarily detailed. He makes convincing arguments and provides insightful analysis, while also writing in a fashion that is eminently enjoyable.
Alex Nelson
Jun 08, 2017 Alex Nelson rated it it was amazing
This is the authoritative text on Stonewall Jackson's fabled "Valley Campaign". The author dispels the myth that the campaign is (in the words of one of Jackson's aides) "as innovative as Napoleon's Italian campaign". The truth is less dramatic: Jackson simply made fewer mistakes than his opponents, and barely outmanoeuvred them.

There's a lot packed into this book, and I'll have to return and re-read this text later on.
Robert Jones
Aug 02, 2015 Robert Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That's what I'm talking about. This is as good as it gets. Stonewall Jackson's entire Shenandoah Valley Campaign - including the battles of Kernstown, Cross Keys, and Port Republic - are all included in a single narrative. Several maps guide the reader into understanding troop movement and key geographical details. This was a Confederate victory, and is therefore told from a Southern point of view - but one that doesn't shirk the shortcomings of the heroes of the Confederacy. Well researched, it ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting account concerning this little-known event
in the early stages of the Civil War. In addition to descriptions of troop movements, battles and skirmishes, there is a portrait of Jackson revealed. Although a brilliant tactician at times, his personality traits often became more of an enemy than the Union troops he fought. Worth reading for those interested in the Civil War and strategies and tactics. Jackson's exploits in the Shenandoah Valley became a must read in military academies
Monte Lamb
Nov 30, 2016 Monte Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very good book that gives the story of the 1862 Valley Campaign. It is clear and very understandable. My only criticism would be that he takes the tact that ambition is the driving motivation for Jackson and drove him to do the things he did. I get the sense that he tries to make facts conform to his theory at times. Not too badly, but still it seemed noticeable to me.
Matthew Dambro
Aug 27, 2016 Matthew Dambro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insightful analysis of Jackson's Valley campaign of 1862. Military history does not get any better than this. In this earlier version of the volume Tanner has given a picture of Jackson's performance that is balanced and realistic. There is no hagiography present.
Feb 17, 2011 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strategy, wbts
Very good book on how Jackson was able to effectively use operational maneuver in support of Confederate strategy in 1862. Good appendices on the Valley Army MTOE, Jackson's state of mind at the close of the campaign. I highly recommend this book.
Aug 14, 2013 Les rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a light read by any stretch but an interesting, and detailed, account of one of the American Civil War's lesser known campaigns and, by extension, a study of one of the war's most fascinating charecters, Stonewall Jackson. And by no means a hagiography, but a walts and all depiction.
Mar 16, 2012 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this shortly after it came out in 1976 (I was 11) and loved it. In fact, I took it with me on my first trip to the south (not that we got near the Shenandoah valley). I'd be interested to know what academic historians think of it, but it was a formative book for a young amateur.
Dec 07, 2016 Iain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-acw
I have only read chapters of interest, but seems an excellent reprisal of the classic treatment on the Valley campaign.
Jun 25, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overall analysis of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign from a decidedly southern perspective.
A good exposition of the maneuver operations of Jackson, if perhaps a little less critical than other assessments.
May 07, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agree wholly with HRT's review. The 1996 version just does not read the same. It is over written.
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