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Henry Kyd Douglas
Mockingbird Books (June 1, 1979)
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Henry Kyd Douglas was depended upon by Stonewall Jackson, admired by Union soldiers .

Henry Kyd Douglas was depended upon by Stonewall Jackson, admired by Union soldiers, and adored by women in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. During and shortly after the Civil War Douglas set down his experiences of great men and great days in a resonant prose almost unique among soldiers and rare among writers.

I Rode with Stonewall book. Henry Kyd Douglas was a member of Stonewall Jacksons staff and served on the staff of several other generals after Jacksons death. This is not a biography on Jackson but a memoir of a staff officer who focuses heavily on his experiences with the general. The book is mostly anecdotes of Jackson and other generals, as well as the romantic sides of war Douglas experienced.

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I Rode with Stonewall" is one of the finest personal narratives of the Civil War, America's most decisive and costly conflict.

Stonewall Jackson depended on him; General Lee complimented him, Union soldiers admired him, and women in Maryland, Virginia, and even Pennsylvania adored him-the young, dashing, handsome Henry Kyd Douglas. He rode with Stonewall; he fought by the model of the incomparable Ashby; he lived, joked, and courted with Jeb Stuart. I Rode with Stonewall" is one of the finest personal narratives of the Civil War, America's most decisive and costly conflict. The author, Henry Kyd Douglas, began writing this memoir soon after the conclusion of the war, but put it aside for more than thirty years while he practiced law and raised a family.

Stonewall Jackson depended on him; General Lee complimented him; Union soldiers admired him; and ladies in Maryland, Virginia, and even Pennsylvania adored him - this dashing, handsome, lovable, young Henry Kyd Douglas. From his meeting with John Brown, alias Isaac Smith, shortly before the Brown Raid, through the long bitter years of the War Between the States, he clung to the Southern cause, fought its battles, and endured its defeats. During and shortly after the War he set down his experiences with great men and great days.

Douglas, Henry Kyd, 1838-1903, Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Douglas, Henry Kyd. I Rode with Stonewall: The War Experiences of the Youngest Member of Jackson's Staff. Stonewall Jackson's Book of Maxims. Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland House, 2002. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1940.

I Rode With Stonewall. by Henry Kyd Douglas. Published May 1993 by Mockingbird Books. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove I Rode With Stonewall from your list? I Rode With Stonewall. Confederate States of America, Confederate States of America.

Civil War. A very nice vintage collector's item. Number # 6027. Original price $2.50. Belongs among the really fascinating military memoirs of the Civil War. The book must be rated a number-one find.
  • Tholmeena
Every Southerner needs to have this book on his/her library shelf. It is a primary source used in every book on I've come across on "The Sectional War." After seeing Douglas's name referred to so frequently, and as a trained historian, I decided I needed to go directly to this source for myself. What a treasure this book is! I have read the book three times since I purchased it in October and I continually refer to it as I find it mentioned in other books so as to compare the authenticity of other works (i.e. John Esten Cooke, a contemporary of Douglas's who also wrote extensively about Jackson but who didn't live alongside him). Kyd Douglas may write with the romantic flair common to the era (1860-1880), but his writing is clear and passionate; his love for his commanding general sincere. He has the ability to put you on the battlefield, beside the campfire, and alongside watching the movements of his favorite subject. Writing long after the conclusion of the war, however, sometimes his memory fails him and he gets confused about the order of things. This should not be a criticism of the writer, or held against him. In camp, he wrote down everything Stonewall said, having a perfect memory of his words and the events at that moment, and stored these mementos away for a time they could be compiled into a book about the Southern hero. Born in 1840, Douglas was the youngest member of Jackson's staff (by one day -- Sandie Pendleton was one day older!) It is awe-inspiring to see the ardor of youth in the men Jackson chose to surround him on his personal staff, and not one of them ever failed him.
  • Gholbimand
Henry Kyd Douglas gives a wonderful account of the people, places, and events with which he was uniquely and intimately acquainted. Such first hand accounts by someone with obvious writing skills are rare. I believe the author was genuinely proud of his position on Stonewall Jackson's staff and his intimacy with other Confederate notables during his period of service. There are those that think the author indulges in more than a bit of self-promotion with this book, but who is left to argue with his observations and recollections? His is quite a story.
  • Fiarynara
There is nothing more valuable than firsthand accounts of history written by credible witnesses. Of the numerous books I've read about Stonewall Jackson, his valley campaigns, and other engagements, this was the most readable and enjoyable. Note, however, this is not an analytic work, but a view into the daily lives of Jackson and his staff, as well as other generals during several important early campaigns of the Civil War. Douglass provides insight into the diet, language, conversation, daily routines, struggles, and challenges of those he served with. His simple, clear manner of expression places the reader in the saddle, on the march, in camp, and engaged in battle, with those who fought so gallantly and desperately against a much larger opposing force.
  • Dainris
One of the very best books ever written of Stonewall Jackson and the War Between The States, Henry Douglas was a staff officer to Stonewall Jackson and unknowingly before the war, assisted John Brown. He served the Confederacy until the surrender at Appomattox. Very few if any, with such intelligence, unbiased insight and intimate knowledge of the top echelons, of the senior Confederate leadership, have written a better first hand account. I have read and studied hundreds of books concerning the War Between The States and Henry Douglas, have written one of the very best. Highly recommend! Warning, you will not be able to put this book down.
  • Delalbine
One of my top five Civil War biographies. Very well written memoir from a trusted staff member who served with Stonewall Jackson. Just be aware that the Kindle edition is missing the interior illustrations, at this price a disappointment.
  • Fegelv
Douglas first realized the impending reality of the Civil War when his Father's barn was torched. Soon he himself was in it, and before long, was asked to joint the staff of Thomas J. Jackson. Widely known as "Stonewall", General Jackson was "The General" to his staff and "Old Jack" to his troops. Old Jack was born in 1824 and died from wounds in 1863, somewhat short of his 40th birthday.

Jackson astutely selected a young staff (among them the author). He knew they would work harder for him than a group of older, possibly disgruntled, officers, and that he would not be "back-seat driven" by a young, inexperienced staff.

The book was written in the first person, but the book was clearly, until his untimely death, about Stonewall Jackson. Douglas gives little attention to battlefield details, rather, he gives us insight into The General's life and fighting styles. The General ate poorly, slept easily, prayed every morning upon rising, drove his troops hard, and insisted upon having his orders to subordinate officers followed faithfully. He knew where he wanted to be and hard drove his army to get there. He ascribed his battlefield successes to God's Blessing. But the mutual loyalties among his troops and The General were testimony to the character of the man.

Regarded casually. Jackson was an enigma. His staff and subordinate officers did not understand his tactics but dutifully followed his orders. However, consideration of his battlefield victories suggests that he was intellectually superior to the foes he faced in battle. He understood which ones could be surprised and surprised them. He knew which ones could not withstand a strong attack and attacked them, etc. His tactics might have failed a lesser general (of which there were many, especially on the Union side) but he inspired faith in "Old Jack" from his troops. Old Jack once marched his troops 50 miles in two days followed by immediate engagement in battle. They turned ferociously upon their foes. They believed Old Jack would lead them to victory and their faith was usually well-placed.

The 20th chapter (of 27) describes Douglas' reminiscences of The General. The chapter is balanced -- if hagiography were to appear, it would be here, but it does not. The General's strengths as a soldier and characteristics of his dealings with fellow beings are described in some detail.

The last seven chapters describe the author's activities through the rest of the Civil War, and through the troubled immediate post-war period. The author himself seems to have been quite remarkable: enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army in 1861 and finished the war as a Brigadier General. His brigade was honored to be the last to stack arms at the Appomattox surrender.