Stonewall Jackson
A Biography
by Ethan S. Rafuse
August 2011, 204pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38583-4
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A consummate tactician and one of the most noteworthy Confederate generals of the Civil War, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson remains a central figure in American history. Although he did not live to see the end of the war, his leadership earned him respect in both the South and the North. What forces shaped—and were shaped by—this outstanding soldier?

A thorough and effectively executed study, this biography will appeal to anyone interested in Stonewall Jackson and the military history of the Civil War.

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was one of the greatest generals of the Civil War and remains an iconic figure of American history. Stonewall Jackson: A Biography offers a complete yet concise account of Jackson’s life and career, illuminating the forces and events that shaped both.

The study is organized chronologically, beginning with Jackson’s hardscrabble upbringing in the mountains of western Virginia. It follows him through the experiences that brought him to 1861, when he won the nickname “Stonewall” on the battlefield of the first great battle of the Civil War, and then traces his military career and role in the Confederate victories of 1861–1863. Throughout, the biography never loses sight of the man himself. Readers will understand both Jackson’s impact on military history and the qualities that enabled him to achieve personal satisfaction and fame as one of history’s great soldiers.


  • Ten photographs of Jackson, his men, and the sites where they won glory together
  • A bibliographic essay identifying the best sources on Jackson and the wars, campaigns, and battles in which he participated
Ethan S. Rafuse is professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He is the author of several books about the Civil War, including A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas; McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union; and Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863–1865.
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