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On War and Leadership by Owen Connelly

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III

Stonewall Jackson

(1824–1863)

THOMAS JONATHAN JACKSON was referred to by contemporaries as the “Napoleon of our War” (the American Civil War). His Shenandoah Valley Campaign was “extra-Napoleonic,” according to Colonel Claude Crozet, who had served under Napoleon.1 Jackson belongs in this anthology because his unorthodox leadership and repeated victories won him the blind devotion of his troops, and his operations are especially instructive for “small wars” such as those fought since 1945.

Jackson won the sobriquet “Stonewall” at the Battle of Bull Run or First Manassas (1861), where his brigade was first immovable and then led the assault that won the battle. Born in what is now West Virginia to a family of early Scots-Irish settlers, ...

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