CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL THOMAS J. JACKSON

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Carte de visite photograph of Jackson in uniform. Bust view wearing double-breasted frock with collar insignia visible. Image is clear with very good contrast. No photographer's backmark.

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863) served as a Confederate general during the Civil War, and became one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee.

Born in what is now the state of West Virginia, in the town of Clarksburg. Orphaned, he was taken in and raised by an uncle. Desiring an education, he applied to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Though, ill-prepared, he applied himself and his grades improved each year resulting graduating 17th of 59 in the class of 1846.

He performed stellar service in the Mexican War, then resigned from the Army to accept a professorship at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia. His summer vacations from teaching were spent traveling to the North and in Europe where his interests were aroused in art and culture. His peaceful life ended with the start of the Civil War. He was ordered to Richmond as part of the cadet corps. The South believed his experience as a teacher merited making him a Brigadier General. He received his nickname "Stonewall" at Bull Run because of his battlefield demeanor. He also distinguished himself in the Valley campaign, the Battle of second Manassas and the Battle of Fredericksburg to become a Southern hero. During the Chancellorsville Battle, Jackson rode forward to scout as darkness descended. He returned in the direction of the southern lines and was mistaken for Union soldiers and fired upon. Three bullets struck General Jackson. He was transported some 28 miles to Guinea Station. His left arm was amputated at the shoulder. Recovery was unsuccessful and he succumbed to fever and pneumonia after languishing for eight days with his wife by his bedside.

The body enveloped in the Confederate Flag was borne on a caisson to Lexington Presbyterian, the family church for services, and then completed with burial in the family plot at Lexington Cemetery. The body was disinterred later and reburied beneath a statue in the cemetery center which was also renamed for him.  [jet] [ph:L]

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