Stonewall Jackson Qualities Of Leadership

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Elizabeth Helton “Stonewall” Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley: A leadership analysis Among the ranks during the American Civil War stood men such as Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant that will be forever remembered for their leadership qualities. One such man earned his nickname, fame, and popularity during the Civil War as a Confederate general. Thomas Jackson, more commonly known as “Stonewall” Jackson, was a brilliant leader who gained the admiration of all who came to know him. He gained his popularity from his famous Shenandoah Valley campaign in 1862. With integrity beyond reproach, he successfully provided direction, purpose (though skeptical), and motivation to those serving below him during the Valley Campaign.
A native born Virginian, Jackson felt that when it came to war, “one must fight with all vigor” (Wilkins 347), and fight with all vigor is what Jackson did until his death in 1863. He rarely slept or rested, but instead trudged wearily along with his men. On first appearances and perceptions, “Stonewall” Jackson was commonly underestimated. For instance, Jackson’s brilliance was often mistaken for insanity. Richard Taylor called Jackson a ‘damned old crazy fool.’ A staff officer reportedly said later that “when we ordinary mortals can’t comprehend a genius we get even with him by calling him crazy” (Gallagher 311). However, the battles fought in the Shenandoah Valley changed the perception of Thomas Jackson on almost every front.
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