Preview: Mackowski & White – “The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson”

1 05 2013

51NVlLRku8LThe latest entry in Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War series is The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson: The Mortal Wounding of the Confederacy’s Greatest Icon, by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White, a new edition of the similarly titled Thomas Publications release from 2010. This update includes 50 pages of new material, nearly 200 illustrations, and several new appendices.

A foreword by NPS historian Frank O’Reilly is followed by ninety-five pages of text in fourteen chapters describing Jackson’s counter-attack at Chancellorsville, his wounding, surgery, journey to Guinea Station, illness, death, and funeral, with attention paid to the fate of Blue Light’s arm, the Chandler’s plantation, and a history of the preservation of the Jackson Shrine. Appendices cover timelines of the shrine and Jackson’s life, a tour of Lexington, VA, Jackson in memory and memorials, “what-ifs”, and Jackson’s surgeon Dr. Hunter McGuire. Kris and Chris have packed a lot of info into 149 pages.

You can read more by this prolific duo at their blog, the appropriately titled Emerging Civil War.

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6 responses

1 05 2013
Ted Savas

Some “other” quasi-publisher is mentioned but Savas Beatie is not? (sniff, sniff). Thanks for the plug, Harry.

1 05 2013
Harry Smeltzer

It’s right there in the first sentence!

1 05 2013
Harry Smeltzer

I have BOLD TEXTED you now, Ted!

1 05 2013
Ted Savas

Just teasing you Harry. Thanks for the coverage. These two authors are dynamos and really love their work.

14 05 2013
Kristopher D White

Thanks for the plug, much appreciated.

12 06 2013
Preview: Mathew Lively, “Calamity at Chancellorsville” | Bull Runnings

[…] as told by Chris Mackowski and Kris White in The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson (I wrote about it here) is Jackson’s location at the time of his wounding. You can read Mr. Mackowski’s […]

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