Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S. C. Gwynne
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General Stonewall Jackson was like nothing anyone had ever seen. Secretive and self-contained, he often withheld his plans from his own Confederate officers. He could be maddeningly abrupt and dismissive, even with other generals. He had famous running fights with a number of them. He court-martialed officers, including powerful, dominant generals, whom he believed had failed do to their duty. He court-martialed anyone who was shirking, or who retreated without being ordered to do so. He drove his men mercilessly, marching them in ways that men had never been marched before, until they were beyond the brink of exhaustion. He seemed completely insensitive to their suffering. He had nothing but contempt for stragglers. He refused furloughs even to men whose children were dying. Duty, above all, was his code.