Jean Fritz tells a compelling story of Thomas Stonewall Jackson. She describes the humble beginnings of this great military figure. The reader gets a sense of the passions and feelings of General Jackson. Not only is Stonewall Jackson reflected on as a military leader, he is also reflected on as a person. Fritz takes us through a timeline of Stonewall's life, from his battles to his death.
Cummins Jackson had a strong work ethic, which was pushed onto a young Stonewall Jackson. Cummins had been known for his partying and drinking habits. Because of this, many people believe Stonewall was affected negatively. In reality, Cummins pushed a strong work ethic on Stonewall. Cummins led Stonewall into a difficult, hard nosed farm life. As Stonewall grew, his previously taught work ethic played key roles in his life. Because of this strong work ethic, we now know Stonewall Jackson as an outstanding military leader led gave a military leadership to the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
On July 21, 1861 one of the first major Civil War battles was fought in Manassas, Virginia the First Battle of Bull Run. Both sides, Union and Confederate, had weak untrained numbers with around 18,000 troops on each side. On this day General Irvin McDowell led his Union troops sou...
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...ve with a different relative. It was under the guidance of Cummins that Thomas Jackson regained a father figure. Cummins hard-nosed, blue-collar attitude molded Jackson to become a rugged, respectable young man. Without Cummins, Thomas could have easily had to have grown up with three females. This would extract the strong work ethic that ultimately made Stonewall Jackson a great military leader.
In conclusion, although some people believe that Thomas Jackson was negatively affected by growing up with bachelor uncle Cummins Jackson, this unusual background ultimately made Stonewall Jackson the great U.S. military figure he is today. Cummins Jackson had a strong work ethic, which was pushed onto a young Stonewall Jackson. Stonewall Jackson's father died when Jackson was very young, leaving Jackson without a father figure to mold him into a respectable man.
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