- By Emory M. Thomas

Bold Dragoon: The Life of J. E. B. Stuart

  • Title: Bold Dragoon: The Life of J. E. B. Stuart
  • Author: Emory M. Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780806131931
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bold Dragoon The Life of J E B Stuart Jeb Stuart leader of the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia earned the admiration of his enemies during the first three years of the Civil War Famed for his daring ride around McClellan during

    Jeb Stuart, leader of the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia, earned the admiration of his enemies during the first three years of the Civil War Famed for his daring ride around McClellan during the Peninsula Campaign, and his raid behind Union lines in Virginia and into Maryland and Pennsylvania, he was a legend long before he was killed at Yellow Tavern in 1864.

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    1. Evenhanded accounting of a man who was made legend in his time and who then struggled with the said legend. Can we glimpse the man beyond the myth? This author can and thankfully reveals that person to his reader. Stuart himself obscures the man and drives the legend. Is this bias to render how Stuart manages this? If it is bias then one wonders what you would call the Lost Cause apologists who wrote on Stuart? Objective? Hardly. Thomas never overstates his material - is indeed judicious in when [...]

    2. I got this book from a fellow Civil War enthusiast - actually a girl - who was having difficulty wading through it. It is richly researched and detailed, but not the dense reading scholarly books can be. I was amazed about how much concerning JEB Stuart I didn't know. And the misconceptions.It gives the best explanation of Stuart's much criticized ride around the Union lines prior to Gettysburg. It explains why Stuart got the nickname of "Beauty" while he was at West Point. (RE Lee was one of hi [...]

    3. The book read like a hatchet job to me. I was very disappointed. I gleaned some things of use out of it only due to references I could go to, but by and large it was plain the author was out to "set people right" about the hero. I very much dislike books with an agenda. Especially books purported to be by historians. What bothered me most of all was his mind reading act toward the end. How does this author know Stuart's relationship with God? No, what bothered me even more was his assertion that [...]

    4. Bold Dragoon is one of the most biased biographies I have ever read. Thomas wears his desire to debunk the Stuart myth on his sleeve throughout the book. His least impressive antic is when he questions whether Stuart truly felt grief at his child's death. Historians usually conduct research because they hope to find something that no previous researcher had found, or because they hope to defeat the most widely-held views of their readers. In the case of Bold Dragoon, Thomas is too determined to [...]

    5. This is great, until Emory Thomas begins to psychoanalyze Stuart. He portrays Stuart a vain and shallow man. In the last chapter he even attacks his faith in God as being simple, as if he understood what was in Stuart's mind and heart. Thomas is an excellent writer who should stick to history and not mind reading.

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