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The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy: The Death of Stonewall Jackson and Other Chapters on the Army of Northern Virginia

Krick, Robert K.

Published by Louisiana State Univ Pr, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A., 2002
ISBN 10: 0807127477 / ISBN 13: 9780807127476
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Title: The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the ...

Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

Book Type: Limited Numbered Copy


320 pages 36 halftones, index. Signed and numbered special Civil War Preservation Trust copy. An examination of the Army of Northern Virginia, one of the most illustrious military units in American history. Among ten chapters, Civil War scholar Robert K. Krick recounts the death of Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 010319

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Synopsis: No military unit in all the annals of American history exceeds in reputation Robert E. Lee's illustrious Army of Northern Virginia. In ten chapters based on exhaustive research, esteemed Civil War scholar Robert K. Krick gives eloquent examination to aspects of the army ranging from biographical sketches and the best and worst books on the subject, to Confederate troop strengths and locating soldier records. He begins with two key events: Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's mortal wounding at Chancellorsville; and Jackson's most famous quarrel with a subordinate, which resulted in the unsuccessful court martial of General Richard B. Garnett.

Krick continues with chapters on James Longstreet's failure at Knoxville and the prickly relationship between Jubal A. Early and the undisciplined Valley Cavalry. His piece on Robert E. Rodes is the first complete portrait of Lee's best division commander, whose wife methodically burned all of his letters sent home, forever preventing a full-scale biography. Krick, however, has uncovered a wide array of unpublished material on Rodes to sketch him in fresh perspective. Another essay considers the life and career of Colonel R. Welby Carter-a rogue who was cashiered by a court martial after the Battle of Tom's Brook-a character quite different from Rodes. Krick also examines Maxcy Gregg in the only article written on this politician-general.

The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy gleams with Krick's usual superior research, skilled writing, and sound analysis and sheds new light on one of the most popular Civil War subjects. It is sure to become an integral part of the historiography of the Army of Northern Virginia.

About the Author: Robert K. Krick is the author of fourteen books on the American Civil War, including Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain, winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman Prize, and Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic.

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