Jeffry D. Wert is the author of seven books on the Civil War, including The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac. Michael Prichard has recorded well over five hundred audiobooks and was named one of SmartMoney magazine's Top Ten Golden Voices. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards.
Wert's (Sword of Lincoln) biography of Confederate general "Jeb" Stuart is based on new scholarship and untapped manuscript collections. Central is his investigation into Stuart's complex family relationships (including with in-laws, e.g., his father-in-law in the Union army), as well as his interactions with superior officers and subordinates. Wert portrays Stuart as a deeply religious man, abstaining from tobacco and alcohol, yet an inveterate partygoer and suspected womanizer, a vainglorious showman, a good friend but serious enemy in battle, an accomplished courtier and petitioner within Robert E. Lee's inner circle, a Virginian who thought nothing of passing over worthy officers from elsewhere, a brilliant student of arms, a strict disciplinarian, an individual of uncommon battlefield courage and stamina, and a commander who ranks alongside Lee and Jackson. Wert is not averse to noting Stuart's lapses in judgment and vigilance, and his calamitous ride (June 25-July 2, 1863) that denied necessary intelligence to Lee's main army at Gettysburg. Following Jeb's disaster there, Wert's meticulous detailing of Stuart's cavalry actions over the ensuing months seems almost anticlimactic. Finally, the author offers us the many accolades afforded Stuart following his soldier's death at Yellow Tavern in 1864 at age 31 and effectively traces the lives of Stuart's family and comrades following the demise of "the Plumed Knight" or "the Last Cavalier." An impressively researched and masterfully written biography that no serious student of Civil War history should be without; recommended for all Civil War collections and all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/08.]--John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Impressively researched and masterfully written" ---Library Journal Starred Review