On the night of May 2, 1863, the South's most beloved general, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, was shot while reconnoitering the Union defenses near Chancellorsville, Virginia. On May 10, he died of pneumonia which he contracted as a result of his weakened condition. It had always been assumed that he was accidentally shot by his own men, and the incident was dismissed as an act of capricious fate.
With this novel, author Benjamin King makes a startling, thought-provoking contribution to the genre of speculative historical fiction. Was Jackson mistakenly shot by his own men as the historians tell us or was he the victim of an elaborate assassination plot devised in the highest levels of the Union government?
Following the resounding Confederate victory at Fredericksburg, the government in Washington was thrown into a panic. Salmon Portland Chase, Secretary of the Treasury, realized that the North must act quickly or the war would be lost. A plan began to materialize, one which would permanently cripple the South by depriving it of its most capable, most irreplaceable corps commander, "Stonewall" Jackson.
Painstakingly researched, A Bullet for Stonewall traces the movements of a Union assassin as he operates behind Southern lines, waiting for the one opportunity that will assure the North of victory.
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Benjamin King now resides in Newport News, Virginia. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism. King is former military historian for the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe. Currently, he designs simulations for the U.S. Army Transportation School.
A BULLET FOR STONEWALL
By Benjamin King
272 pp. 6 x 9
EAN: 978-0-88289-768-4 hc