The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958

Book Reviews

Through her wide acquaintance and her career as a writer
Mrs. Clarke secured from the people of Palo Pinto County a vast
amount of information on the history and saga of the region, and
she has recorded it interestingly.
RUPERT N. RICHARDSON
Hardin-Simmons University
Mighty Stonewall. By Frank E. Vandiver. New York (McGraw-
Hill Book Company, Inc., c.1957. Pp. xi+547+[i]. Maps,
illustrations, bibliography, and index. $6.50.
This husky biography of Jackson is by an associate professor
of history at the Rice Institute who is already well known to
many readers of the Quarterly. Since he happens also to be a close
friend of the reviewer, the present notice does not attempt an
orthodox critical appraisal; instead, it takes the form of a survey
of the literature on T. J. Jackson and an estimate of the place
of Vandiver's biography therein.
Jackson died on May io, 1863. Within the month, apparently,
three biographies were in press, and at least five came out within
the year. An "unpretending pamphlet" by Charles Hallock was
printed at Augusta, Georgia, before mid-June, and reprinted the
same year at Montreal, Canada, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and
perhaps in England. In mid-August a Richmond press issued John
Esten Cooke's Life of Stonewall Jackson, of which more anon.
About the same time, Markinfield Addey (presumably a pseu-
donym) put together for a New York publisher an account of
Jackson's military career mainly from Northern materials. Addey's
work has had a certain unmerited vitality-it was thrice reissued
in varying guises, the last time in 1890, and the copy in the library
of the University of Texas is still checked out two or three times
a year. In October, 1863, there came out at Richmond, after much
delay in printing, a brief life of Jackson by "An Ex-Cadet" (James
Dabney McCabe), who tells us that he had been collecting ma-
terials since June, 1861, and had witnessed many of the inci-
dents related in his book, which enjoyed an enlarged edition the
next year. The fifth of the early biographers of Jackson perhaps
foreshadowed subsequent British interest in him; written by
Catherine Cooper Hopley, an Englishwoman lately resident in

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