Thomas"Stonewall"Jackson

"There is Jackson standing like a stone wall!"

This is a painting of Thomas Jackson at the First Battle of Bull Run. Jackson got his nickname, "Stonewall," after he held his men on the line, like a stonewall.


A Little About "Stonewall"

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson is one of the most famous Confederate generals of the Civil War after Robert E. Lee. He was born in West Virginia and he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was a veteran of the Mexican-American War. Jackson earned his named at the First Battle of Bull Run. He held his men while the Union troops rushed towards them. One of his fellow generals said, ""Look, men, there is Jackson standing like a stone wall!" He became a major general in October, 1861. Later on he would become one of Robert E. Lee's good friend and his right-hand man during battle. Jackson was a decisive factor in many important battles until his fatal wounding by friendly fire at the age of 39 during the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863.