A stirring, day-by-day account of the Civil War by the man who Pulitzer prize-winning historian T. Harry Williams has called "perhaps the foremost mapper of the war." Companion to Stonewall Jackson, courier, fighting soldier, engineer, Jed Hotchkiss was the person most responsible for Jackson's ability always to proceed in sure knowledge of the terrain. His personal record of the war from March 10, 1862, to April 18, 1865, is according to historian Frank E. Vandiver, "essential to any study of Lee and Jackson and of the men they led. No Civil War diary matches that of Hotchkiss in association, continuity and insight. Its publication adds another truly 'vital' book to Civil War literature."