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The Class of 1846; From West Point to Appomattox:

 
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Circa: 1994
ISBN: 0446515949

Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan And Their Brothers

By John C. Waugh, Foreword by James M. McPherson. Published by Warner Books, New York, First Printing February 1994. Hard cover with dust jacket, 635 pages, index, illustrated. Light wear to dust jacket. Name and address of a previous owner stamped on first blank page. Important and very desirable book.

The Class of 1846. No single class at West Point- or possibly any academy- has been so indelibly written into history as the one that graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1846.

At one time or another, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George Brinton McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash Couch, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman were in this unforgettable class. It fought in three wars, produced twenty generals, and left the nation a lasting legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed.

The Class of 1846 is the fascinating chronicle of this singular group of men, their training, their personalities, and the events in which they made their name and met their fate. In this book, we come to know the Class of 1846 intimately, not only as individuals but as members of a brotherhood linked inseparably by a shared history.

From the day they arrive at West Point to their baptism as soldiers in the Mexican War and in the Indian campaigns of the West...to the day they turn their guns against one another in the bloodiest of all American wars, you will meet:

George B. McClellan. Bright, confident, and affable, the aristocratic Philadelphian shines as the star of the class. Great things are expected of him; only later would the disappointments set in.

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Taciturn, eccentric, and unprepossessing, western Virginia mountain boy, Tom Jackson is accepted at the last minute only after another candidate drops out. In the first year, he passes by the skin of his teeth. No one expects much at all of "Old Jack." But he would surprise them at the Point, and he would surprise them even more twenty years later- with deadly consequences.

A.P. Hill. At school, George McClellan and A.P. Hill are roommates for a time and best friends always. Even their ribalry for the hand of the lovely Miss Ellen Marcy (who became engaged to Hill, but married McClellan) could not tear them apart. At Antietam, McClellan and his Union soldiers would bear the brunt of his Confederate roommate's pounding attack.

Truman Seymour and John Gray Foster. When rebellion ignites in 1861, these two West Pointers courageously hold their posts at Fort Sumter in the face of a brutal Confederate bombardment and finally surrender to their classmate David "Neighbor" Jones.

George Henry Gordon. In the Shenandoah Valley, this Union colonel finds himself the only thing standing between his retreating army and his relentless former classmate "Stonewall" Jackson.

And George Pickett. Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, so savagely met by Northern classmate John Gibbon, stands as the ultimate symbol of heroism and futility, and is a poignant summation of the fate of the Class of 1846.

With meticulous, detailed research drawing on letters, diaries, and personal accounts, author John C. Waugh fashions a collective biography of masterful proportions, as vivid and engrossing as fiction in its re-creation of a group of men and their role in a glorious and bitter moment of American history. [Source: dust jacket of the book].


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