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I Rode with Stonewall

By Henry Kyd Douglas

Edited by Fletcher M. Green

414 pp., 6 x 9, 12 halftones, 1 maps, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0992-8
    Published: August 2013
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6665-8
    Published: November 2000
  • Large Print ISBN: 978-0-8078-6611-5
    Published: June 2010

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Stonewall Jackson depended on him, General Lee complimented him, Union soldiers admired him, and women in Maryland, Virginia, and even Pennsylvania adored him. Henry Kyd Douglas devoted himself to the Southern cause, fighting its battles and enduring its defeats, and during and shortly after the Civil War, Douglas set down his experiences of great men and great days. In simple, resonant prose written wholly firsthand from notes and diaries made on the battlefield, he covered the full emotional spectrum of a soldier's life. I Rode with Stonewall is one of the most remarkable stories to come out of any war.

About the Author

The youngest member of Stonewall Jackson's staff during the Civil War, Henry Kyd Douglas later became a prominent figure in legal, political, and military circles of Maryland. He died in 1903.
For more information about Henry Kyd Douglas, visit the Author Page.


"I have read many novels about the war between the states, and some histories; never that I can recall, have I read any narrative that gave me a keener sense of what it was like, day by day, in the army than does Henry Kyd Douglas’s I Rode with Stonewall."--Lewis Gannett, New York Herald Tribune

"There are no heroics and unreconstructed-rebel sighs in the book; it is a simple and vivid record of day-by-day events. . . . For those who like to read about the war as it was instead of as it might have been, Douglas, born a hundred years ago this year, is this year's man."--Ralph Thompson in The New York Times

"A new mine of information about the immortal Stonewall. . . . The most interesting memoir of the Confederacy that has come out in a long time."--H. J. Eckenrode in The Richmond Times-Dispatch

". . . more interested in the human side of the war than the technical or military. . . . Indeed, Colonel Douglas strikes a modern note in his handling of his story. He focuses on the humor and pathos with a telling that would equal the camp fire candor of army life today. From John Brown's raid to the trial of Mary E. Surratt, it is a story of tender emotions, gallant riders, dashing young officers and their loyal soldiers."--Thomas Ripley in The Atlanta Journal

"A thrilling story of the War of the Sixties."--Carroll Dulaney in The Baltimore News Post

"A fortunate addition to the works on the Confederacy's loved general, and a particularly readable and invigorating picture of the times . . . a colorful account, full of the youngness, the rawness, and the bravery of the Southern army. . . . He has written as he lived and fought, earnestly, actively; and with an honest brand of romanticism."--Malcolm Bell, Jr., in The Savannah News