New Stonewall Hinkleman Review

Whew!

Since Linda Acorn has become an e-chum, I thought we’d get a free pass from her on the new book, Stonewall Hinkleman…

But if that’s so, then why do I feel like I’ve justsurvived a grilling, dodged a bullet (minie ball) and been inspected by a drill sergeant?

Read her review here…

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5 Responses

  1. A free pass? Come, now. That would compromise the integrity of my site and disappoint my regular readers, and I can’t afford to let down either of them.

  2. Well, Linda, I actually loved the Jackson note …

    (By the way, I was born in North Carolina, my family is NC-loyal, even if I live in New Hampshire these days.)

    Regardless of other issues, there is no way to avoid that slavery was part of the issue. I refer you to Alex H. Stephens’ famous address, in which he said that it was about slavery (AHS was Jeff Davis’ vice-president, by the way).

    I am an admirer of Gen. Jackson as a military commander, but I always feel guilty about that because of what side he was on … but this note lets me indulge in a little fantasy about what would have happened.

    What I want to know (sequel material, right?) is just how Stonewall/Tom/General Jackson was still around to be at that re-enactment?

  3. Oh, I totally agree, wickle … slavery was a huge part, and I love that the story deals with that. But I also love that it doesn’t vilify the Confederate soldiers as a bunch of slave owners with no motivations other than to maintain slavery. I think that’s an important point to make, especially in kid lit.

    I personally think the note is cool, and I’m glad it’s in there as well. But there are definitely some folks who would get their underwear in a bundle over it. Heck, I live next door to one of them. Will be interesting to see if there is any discussion of it once the book comes out.

  4. Actually, I hope to know something about that reaction soon, too … I’m hoping to hear back from my father about the book. I’ll let you know how that goes.

    By the way … sorry, this comment was supposed to have been left on Linda’s blog.

  5. Aw, man … just my luck. Someone finally leaves me a comment and it’s on Sam’s blog. Sigh. Do let us know what your father thinks!

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