{Book Review} Beloved Bride & Small Announcement

“Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

-Beloved Bride

About the book…

The letters of the American hero, Stonewall Jackson, to his wife, Anna. He is a respected leader in military history, and remembered for his death at such a young age. His story graces many history books, and other non-fiction works, but there is nothing quite so personal as the letters he wrote to his beloved bride.

About the author…

Bill Potter is a historian and author. He graduated with a B. A. in American History from Cedarville College and an M. A. in American History from the University of Dayton. HE now lives in Charles City, Virginia with his wife Leslie.

Some personal thoughts…

I think this book is fascinating.

Letters are some of the most personal means of communication, and reading someone else’s letters, is like getting a glimpse into the most real part of who they are. Such is the case with the letters for Stonewall Jackson to his wife, Anna. They are filled with spiritual instruction, words of endearment, updates on the weather, and thoughts he just needed to share.

Much of their married life was spent away from each other, due to the war, and these letters were how they stayed close. While I don’t necessarily agree with Jackson on everything, I think the devotion he had to keeping up with his wife, emotionally and spiritually is to be greatly admired.

It’s a short little book, but definitely worth the read.


Things worth mentioning…

Clean as a whistle with only minor parts discussing the Civil War from a firsthand account.


Here at The Corner Shelf, you’ll find Beloved Bride: The Letters of Stonewall Jackson to His Wife on The Middle Shelf. 

Small Announcement…

I love doing non-fiction reviews, but because of the depth and sometimes length of non-fiction works, it takes longer to read and review them. Because of this, I will be continuing to review non-fiction, every other week. Thank you for your understanding!

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