Saturday with Stonewall

Over at Civil War Bookshelf, Dimitri Rotov asks this provocative question:

Where is the historian who presents Jackson as slow, unresponsive, unpopular, harsh, double-dealing, generally confused, and usually unprepared?

Sounds good … but let’s set aside the premise about what historians think for a moment and ask whether this is a fair description before returning to why historians act as they do and why so many of them rely on stock stereotypes of commanders (and battles).