The Great Partnership

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Acclaimed Civil War historian Dr. Christian B. Keller tells the story of the unique friendship between Lee and Jackson, two leaders who chiseled a strategic path forward against the odds and almost triumphed.

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The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy

Advance Praise For the Great Partnership

  • "Christian B. Keller’s perceptive assessment of Robert E. Lee and ‘Stonewall’ Jackson reminds us that command relationships profoundly shaped the course of the Civil War. Keller’s analysis of Jackson’s contribution to the partnership, the impact of operations in the Eastern Theater, and the degree to which personal and professional ties intersected should spark a good deal of discussion among those interested in the Confederacy’s premier army and its most famous commanders."

    —GARY W. GALLAGHER, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American
    Civil War Emeritus, University of Virginia, and author of Lee and His Army in Confederate History
  • "The partnership of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson reshaped the course of the Civil War in the East in a span of roughly a year from the spring of 1862 to the latter’s death in May 1863. In his The Great Partnership, Christian Keller explores anew this well-studied relationship in a fresh, insightful, and persuasive work. This book will kindle debate, generate controversy, and reframe old arguments. Simply put, it is good history."

    —JEFFRY D. WERT, author of A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863
  • "With The Great Partnership, historian Christian B. Keller has given us an elegantly written, refreshingly original, and thoroughly convincing assessment of the command relationship between Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, as well as the lessons it provides to modern leaders. I highly recommend The Great Partnership both to general readers and students of the war."

    —PETER COZZENS, author of The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian
    Wars for the American West
    and Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign
  • "The partnership between Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee had no parallel in the Confederate armies. And thanks to Christian Keller we have a beautifully written narrative that captures the high drama of Lee’s and Jackson’s military operations. Not since Douglas Southall Freeman have we encountered a historian who writes with as much grace and sophistication about the Confederate high command as Keller."

    —PETER S. CARMICHAEL, Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College, and author of The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies
  • "Christian Keller cuts through the Lost Cause haze and a century of debate to give us our clearest view yet of arguably the most important and effective partnership of the American Civil War. He argues persuasively for both the strategic and cultural importance of the Lee-Jackson combine, offering along the way much for modern leaders and students to consider. Dr. Keller weaves narrative and analysis brilliantly, artfully spanning the rarely crossed chasm between academic and public history. This is an important, thoughtful book, well done."

    —JOHN HENNESSY, author of Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas
  • "Students of strategy and tactics, as well as of the Civil War, will find this a useful look at a storied partnership."


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