Thomas Jonathan Jackson (Stonewall Jackson) is a well known Confederate general from the War Between the States. I grew up in the South surrounded by tales of great Confederate leaders and state's rights and who really should have won the war. It's a subject that has always interested me.
Robert D. Halpert writes this account of Stonewall Jackson as historical fiction. He lets the reader know in the beginning that all events are historical accounts but that, of course, the words and actions and emotions of characters cannot always be known, so these elements are added to the story.
From the book's description:
Bold and thought-provoking, this historical novel journeys into an era of great upheaval in U.S. history and into the mind of one of the era’s most unique characters, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The Other Side of the River draws a picture of his deep-rooted faith at war with himself within a parallel breathtaking background of a nation at war with itself. See Jackson’s military brilliance—as well as his spiritual life—in a whole new light.
This was an interesting account of Jackson's actions during the last two years of his life. Halpert emphasizes Jackson's acceptance of Christ as Savior and the role it played in his life and military leadership.
This would be a good read for any War Between States buff. I was sometimes a little bogged down by the descriptions of the battles. And, although it was an historical fiction novel, there was quite a bit of relating of factual events and not as much dialogue or relational story telling.
I give it 4 strong stars and a PG for content.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.