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  • Rebel Yell

  • The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,652

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good read

  • By rhl60 on 11-05-14

The Stonewall Jackson you don't know

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most of the books I have read on the Civil War have been writen from a northern perspectiive. This book provides, of course, focuses on the southern perspective and helps to provide a more complete understaning of the early campaigns in the eastern theater. More to the point, it explains how Jackson was so succesful.

What other book might you compare Rebel Yell to and why?


“William Tecumseh Sherman. In the Service of My Country: A Life” and “The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace” are both excellent books that provide insight into the Union general who made a difference in the war. However, neither is as personal as this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is significant discussion of Jackson’s softer side, which came as a surprise to me. His relationships with the women in in his life, including a child he befriended between campaigns, shows a much different side of Jackson than we hear about in discussions of his battlefield successes. Sadly, many are ended by tragedy.

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