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Book Review: STONEWALL JACKSON: THE MAN, THE SOLDIER, THE LEGEND (James I. Robertson, Jr.) : AH

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STONEWALL JACKSON: THE MAN, THE SOLDIER, THE LEGEND, by James I. Robertson, Jr. (Macmillan Publishing, 940 pages, $40.00).

"You maybe what ever you resolve to be" was one of Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall"Jackson's favorite axioms, and in this thoroughly researched biography,Robertson, one of the country's leading Civil War historians, examines why thisConfederate general's unfaltering determination made him an enduring legend.Robertson traces Jackson's life from Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia),where he grew up an orphan, through his lonely years at the United States MilitaryAcademy at West Point and his participation in the Mexican War, to hisappointment in 1861 to the rank of colonel in the Confederate Army and hisuntimely death at the hands of Confederate troops, who mistook him for a Unionsoldier. The author's extensive bibliography and notes complete thiscomprehensive look at the man who inspired many Americans to conclude that"had Jackson lived, the Confederate quest for independence would have comemuch closer to realization."

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