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Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: S. C. Gwynne

Narrated By: Cotter Smith

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2014

Duration: 24 hours 58 minutes


From the author of the mega-bestselling, prize-winning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a groundbreaking account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.

General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope. In four full-scale battles and six major skirmishes in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Jackson had taken an army that never numbered more than 17,000 men and often had far less, against more than 70,000 Union troops whose generals had been ordered specifically to destroy him. And he had humiliated them, in spite of their best efforts, sent the armies reeling backward in retreat. He had done it with the full knowledge that he and his army were alone in a Union-dominated wilderness and surrounded at all times. He had even beaten a trap designed by Lincoln himself to catch him.

How did he do this? Jackson marched his men at a pace unknown to soldiers of the era. He made flashing strikes in unexpected places, and assaults of hard and relentless fury. He struck from behind mountain ranges and out of steep passes. His use of terrain reminded observers of Hannibal and Napoleon. His exploits in the valley rank among the most spectacular military achievements of the 19th century. Considered one of our country’s greatest military figures, a difficult genius cited as inspiration by such later figures as George Patton and Erwin Rommel, and a man whose brilliance at the art of war transcends the Civil War itself, Stonewall Jackson’s legacy is both great and tragic in this compelling account, which demonstrates how, as much as any Confederate figure, Jackson embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause.



    With out a doubt, the most entertaining history books I’ve ever experienced. This is the Authors masterpiece of research and history of the true “Greatest Generation" This is a must read or listen, for all people. The truth will set you free. God bless the men and women who tell the stories of providence and war. Why is liberty of a true republic is our destiny. Many answers to the age old question of what freedom is and what god intended. Thank you. Five stars all the way.

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  • James Lutey

    Excellent book! Well researched, excellent narration, and an enjoyable audiobook. A job well done.

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  • Don werlinger

    03/16 This was my seven biography of Stonewall Jackson and it is by far, the best. At last, I think I understand the man thanks to S.C. Gwynne's thorough research and presentation. I have long said the the Civil War would have had a very different ending has Stonewall lived another two months. Now, I am totally convinced of it. And I have a much more complete understanding of the mythical awe in which he is held. Narration of this book as well above average. It's a long listen at 25+ hours but an excellent investment of time. Four stars for both. Am looking for other S.C. Gwynne titles.

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  • Gordon Moore

    Cotter Smith reading Rebel Yell....appropriate. Best reader, best general. Well done Sir.

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  • Renato Leonelli

    This book is great. It is a great listen. The narrator is very good.

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  • Glenn Michelman

    Simply amazing! Jackson is one of the greatest American war hero's of all time. what if he was alive for gettysburg!?

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  • michael aguilar

    amazing book couldn't stop listening to it, narrator is good to

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  • Daniel V.

    I knew little about Stonewall Jackson before reading this book but enjoy Civil War history. This book made the battles that I had heard so much very understandable, the characters human and accessible. Excellent research and presentation. The ironic takeaway was that had he not died, the war would have been protracted to the point of compromise between north and south with possibly more dire results than the reality that we still live. Great history made clear. Great narration. Well done.

  • Steven L.

    At the conclusion of REBEL YELL I had the sense that I knew General Jackson. He came alive in this Audiobook complete with his personality, eccentricities and genius. I didn’t want it to end.

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

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