12:30 PM to 1:25 PM
The Amazing Transformation of Stonewall Jackson
How did an eccentric physics professor who was going nowhere in life became one of the most influential figures in the Civil War? In April 1862 Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. The author brings Stonewall Jackson to life with his vivid narrative on what shaped the man, and his stunning rise from obscurity to a brilliant, twenty-four-month military career that has become the stuff of legend. The author will use both a slide show and sound to create a fully dimensional portrait of a man whose abilities caused both North and South to mourn his untimely death.
About S.C. Gwynne
S.C. “Sam” Gwynne is the author of two acclaimed books on American history: Empire of the Summer Moon, which spent 82 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, which was published in 2014. It was also a New York Times Bestseller and was named a finalist for both the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pen Literary Award for Biography. His book, The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football, was published in September 2016, and was named to a number of “top ten” sports book lists.
Mr. Gwynne worked for Time Magazine as Correspondent, Bureau Chief, National Correspondent and Senior Editor, and has a long list of reporting awards to his credit. He has also written for the Texas Monthly, New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Harper’s, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. Prior to his career in journalism, he was a French teacher and an international banker.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied under the acclaimed novelist John Barth. Mr. Gwynne currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, the artist Katie Maratta.