I recently had a second essay posted at Virginia Tech's Essential Civil War Curriculum website. The piece is titled: And Men Will Tell Their Children: The Stonewall Brigade. Here's a tease:
. . . little did the Virginia men assembling at Harper’s Ferry in April of 1861 know that their service under the command of then Major T.J. Jackson was to become legendary in the annals of military history. Those present at that first assembly hardly looked to have the makings of a legend. Though not much more than a rag-tag bunch of undisciplined plow boys, common laborers, students, merchants, and tradesman, Jackson would soon whip the naïve volunteers into the most feared and respected fighting machine in the Confederacy.
You can read the complete essay here.