Stonewall Jackson and Religious Faith in Military Command

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About the Book

The relationship between war and religion is nothing new. For millennia, humankind has waged war over religion and derived religion from war. It is not surprising, then, that military leadership and religious conviction frequently coincide. This study documents the long tradition of the religious warrior in Western history and literature, with a special focus on Civil War general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. It also provides a general survey of the religious antecedents of Jackson and other more modern American military heroes.
The book begins with an introduction to the Confederate general, largely from the perspective of those who lived with and served under him, whose testimonies attest to his courage, initiative, innate tactical talent, deep religious faith, and eccentric personal habits. The author analyzes the extent to which Jackson’s national zeal has elevated him to the status of a religious martyr, remembered today within an epic frame of sainthood and heroism. Concise comparisons are drawn between Jackson and his Old World predecessors, including Ulrich Zwingli, John Knox and Oliver Cromwell. Similar associations are made between Jackson and such Civil War contemporaries as William Dorsey Pender and Oliver Otis Howard. A chapter addressing the representation of “Stonewall” in modern Civil War literature and film, particularly in the novel and subsequent motion picture Gods and Generals, provides an insightful juxtaposition of Jackson’s status among the “gods” of the Civil War and his own reverence for the God of his Presbyterian faith.

About the Author(s)

Kenneth E. Hall has written several books, including a study of John Woo’s The Killer, authored many articles on Latin American literature, and is a contributor to Studies in the Western. A professor of Spanish at East Tennessee State University, he lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

Kenneth E. Hall
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2085-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction      1

1. Pro Patria Mori …      9
2. The “Sword of God”: Stonewall Jackson and Nationalist Zeal      36
3. Other Protestant Warriors      83
4. Catholic Warriors      131
5. Conclusion      173

Notes      175
Bibliography      193
Index      231

Book Reviews & Awards

“intriguing”—Military Heritage.