YEAR OF GLORY The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863

YEAR OF GLORY The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863

By: Akers, Monte

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No commander during the Civil War is more closely identified with the cavalier mystique as Major General J.E.B. (Jeb) Stuart. And none played a more prominent role during the brief period when the hopes of the nascent Confederacy were at their apex, when it appeared as though the Army of Northern Virginia could not be restrained from establishing Southern nationhood. Jeb Stuart was not only successful in leading Robert E. Lee s cavalry in dozens of campaigns and raids, but for riding magnificent horses, dressing outlandishly, and participating in balls and parties that epitomized the moonlight and magnolia image of the Old South. Longstreet reported that at the height of the Battle of Second Manasses, Stuart rode off singing, If you want to have good time, jine the cavalry . . . Porter Alexander remembered him singing, in the midst of the miraculous victory at Chancellorsville, Old Joe Hooker, won t you come out of the Wilderness? Stuart was blessed with an unusually positive personality always upbeat, charming, boisterous, and humorous, remembered as the only man who could make Stonewall Jackson laugh, reciting poetry when not engaged in battle, and yet never using alcohol or other stimulants. Year of Glory focuses on the twelve months in which Stuart s reputation was made, following his career on an almost day-to-day basis from June 1862, when Lee took command of the army, to June 1863, when Stuart turned north to regain a glory slightly tarnished at Brandy Station, but found Gettysburg instead. It is told through the eyes of the men who rode with him, as well as Jeb s letters, reports, and anecdotes handed down over 150 years. It was a year like no other, filled with exhilaration at the imminent creation of a new country. This was a period when it could hardly be imagined that the cause, and Stuart himself, could dissolve into grief, Jeb ultimately separated from the people he cherished most. REVIEWS Akers covers the period from the late spring of 1862 through the opening movements of the Gettysburg Campaign. . . . He covers, almost on a daily basis, Stuart s movements, his battles, his relationships with his subordinates and men, his letters to his wife Flora, and his perception from his soldiers and the press. Akers' writing style is crisp and his narrative flows well. Scott Mingus, in "Cannonball" a great addition to your Civil War library. This detailed and colorful study follows Stuart from June 1862 to June 1863 when his rising star paralleled that of the Confederacy .one of those rare books not only worth reading but rereading. North South Traders Civil War reads well, with a fast paced narrative of events .useful illustrations including a section of handsome color photographs. America s Civil War recounts the year from June 1862 to June 1863, during which Stuart reached his highest popularity. The story is told in sharp detail, and excellent anecdotes spice the already vigorous writing, which rushes forward with breakneck speed to the inevitable conclusion of hubris before the battle of Gettysburg. Even if you are not a history buff, this book will rivet your attention as it highlights this fascinating icon of the Civil War. City Book Review

Title: YEAR OF GLORY The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863

Author Name: Akers, Monte

Categories: Military History, Military History - Civil War,

Publisher: Casemate: 2012

ISBN Number: 1612001300

ISBN Number 13: 9781612001302

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket

Seller ID: 142744

Description: Remainder mark on bottom edge. ; 392 pages

Keywords: Jeb Stuart WAR Between The States,