Shenandoah Valley 1862
Stonewall Jackson outmaneuvers the Union
Authors: Clayton Donnell James Donnell
Illustrator: Adam Hook
This 96 page paperback book is number 258 in the Campaign series of books available from Osprey Publishing.
Major General “Stonewall” Jackson became a legend for his actions in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in 1862. Marching over 600 miles in 48 days, he, along with his army, won five major battles. His forces, never numbering more than 17,000 men, overcame a combined Union force of 50,000, demonstrating his ability to maneuver his troops and deceive his enemies into believing he possessed the advantage.
Charted throughout these pages is the journey leading up to, and including, “Stonewall” Jackson’s final victory, all the while performing better than anyone could have expected. The campaign became a showcase for the mobility and success of Jackson’s outnumbered men, who held the larger Union forces pinned down and off balance, consequently allowing Jackson to force March his men to take part in the Seven Days Battles that saved Richmond and gained him victory.
- Origins of the campaign
- Opposing commanders
- Opposing Forces
- Opposing Plans
- The Campaign
- The Battlefield Today
- Further Reading
The most interesting section in this book is “The Campaign”. Here the reader is provided with maps, period photographs, color illustrations, Full Scale Battlescenes and 3 dimensional birds eye view of the battle fields and how the battles unfolded. With all of this reference material, you see how Stonewall Jackson truly did out maneuver the Union Forces. This is an excellent short reference work for the historian, wargamer or figure painter and diorama builder that will be an excellent addition to their library.