Rebel Yell – Book Review
Author: S. C. Gwynne
Publisher: Scribner, Simon & Schuster Inc.
Copyright: 2014, ISBN: 1451673289
Cover: Marlyn Dantes, Encyclopedia Britannica
Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, 1/31/2015
Summary: Excellent biography of Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson with snippets of period history that is often overlooked in our predilection to look at “the big picture.”
If people engaged in discussions about Great Men of History, the name of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson would come up somewhere between Napoleon Bonaparte and Dwight W. Eisenhower. Of course, no one engages in such discussions today. We like the big picture–bristle makers, ore miners, color-mixers, canvas makers—the little people in other words. However, when examining the life of those engaged in the art of war, looking at the big picture is likely to obscure more than illuminate. This is certainly the case for the life of Jackson. The “little” people were there, but it was Jackson who orchestrated and executed his rather extraordinary life.