The Life of Stonewall Jackson relates key events in the life of the Civil-War hero from his impoverished childhood, to his education at West Point, auspicious debut in the Mexican-American war, and later professorship at the Virginia Military Institute. The biography also provides a detailed look at the events and battles that allowed the “great faculties of his soul” to bloom before his tragic death on the field of battle in 1863.
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Offered a commission in the Union army by President Lincoln in 1861, the distinguished career officer and combat engineer opted instead to follow his home state of Virginia out of the Union. Lee quickly developed a reputation as a gifted battlefield tactician, defeating larger Northern forces again and again, although this talent was not enough to overcome the industrial and financial strengths of the North. Today, Lee is a much admired military figure and continues to be as revered in the North as he was in the South.
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