All Things for Good: The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson - J. Steven Wilkins
Hardback; ISBN 9781581822250
All Things for Good is a thoughtful addition to the Leaders in Action series. In it J. Steven Wilkins challenges some of the myths that surround Stonewally Jackson and celebrates his devout Christian beliefs.
Read of review of All Things for GoodThe Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson By J. Steven Wilkins
Book Review by Andrew J. Eschen (Age 13)
Thomas J. Jackson or Stonewall Jackson was born January 21, in Clarksburg, Virginia. His parents, Jonathan Jackson and Julia Beckwith Neale, were married in September, 1817 and had four children, Thomas being their third. Throughout his childhood his eldest sister, father, mother, and older brother all died from various diseases. Jackson’s first experience of war was when he was 22 during the Mexican War, after which he became a teacher at the Virginia Military Institute. In 1861, he began his famous career in the Civil War.
This book contains the following components: a foreword, an acknowledgments, an introduction, a chronology, a 3-part story about Stonewall Jackson, a notes section, and a selected bibliography. The three parts of the story are titled as follows: Part 1: The Life of Stonewall Jackson, Part 2: The Character of Stonewall Jackson, and Part 3: The Legacy of Stonewall Jackson. Part 1 contains 25 chapters and takes up 264 pages, Part 2 contains 23 chapters and takes up 100 pages, Part 3 contains 2 chapters and takes up 10 pages.
J. Steven Wilkins is the founder and president of the Southern Heritage Society and an expert on the Civil War. He incorporates quotes and letters from many people who knew Jackson personally and some who didn’t. His understanding of the life and character of Stonewall Jackson is amazing and shows the diligence that was put into this book. I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up. I have enjoyed writing this review and I hope you find it helpful.