Civil War Generals

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

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Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's Church

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was born January 21, 1824. After graduating from West Point and fighting in the Mexican-American War he taught at Virginia Military Institute. When the Civil War broke out, he was at the First Battle of Bull Run. Because of his Presbyterian faith, he refused to retreat. He believed that everyone had a destiny, and it's not worth running from it.

First Battle of Bull Run

The first Battle of Bull Run is where Thomas Jackson gets the nickname "Stonewall." He gets this nickname, because when his troops attempt to retreat he stops them.

Chancellorville Battle Strategy

Stonewall Jackson was not only known for refusing to let his troops retreat, but also for his in depth strategies used to force his way through the Union's lines. This was also his final battle. Although he won, a confederate soldier made a fatal mistake.
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Thomas Jackson

While riding on the back of his horse and going through a pass in trees a confederate soldier shot him in the arm. The soldier had believed he was a Union general, but it was just Stonewall. He had to amputate his arm after the wound.
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Tombstone Of Stonewall's Arm

After having his arm amputated, the Confederate soldiers buried his arm and gave it a tombstone. Ironically, the wound wasn't his direct killer. Later that same month he'd get pneumonia and die.
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Robert E Lee

After Jackson was shot and had his arm amputated, Robert E. Lee is quoted as saying "He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm." Stonewall was known as Robert's right hand man, and a top tier general for the Confederacy during the war. Without Jackson, the confederacy will go to eventually lose the war to the Union.