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Friday, May 4, 2012

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

While in Fredericksburg we made our way to the Chancellorsville Battlefield.  This is where Stonewall Jackson was wounded and soon after died from complications "pneumonia".  Some say that he was run down from battles and between that, being wounded and the dampness he contacted the pneumonia.  Even though he loss his arm he would have survived the wound he got from friendly fire.  We visited the battlefield and there we saw where he got shot and where they finally got him off his horse ~ then we followed the trail from Chancellorsville to the train station where he died.  They still have the house with the original bed that he died in.  Learning the story of Jackson was very interesting for not only was he a General but also a loving husband and a new father of a 6 month old child. As with all battlefields this was very sad as we imagined the time and all the men who lost their lives.

Here is a little history on the events:
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson  was a Confederate General during the American Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee. His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. Confederate pickets accidentally shot him at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863; the general survived with the loss of an arm to amputation. However, he died of complications from pneumonia eight days later. His death was a severe setback for the Confederacy, affecting not only its military prospects, but also the morale of its army and of the general public. Jackson in death became an icon of Southern heroism and commitment, joining Lee in the pantheon of the "Lost Cause"

Chancellorsville Battlefield
Military historians consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in the nation's history. His Valley Campaign and his envelopment of the Union Army right wing at Chancellorsville are studied worldwide even today as examples of innovative and bold leadership. He excelled as well in other battles: the First Battle of Bull Run (where he received his famous nickname "Stonewall"), Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Jackson was not universally successful as a commander, however, as displayed by his weak and confused efforts during the Seven Days Battles around Richmond in 1862

House Jackson died in

Losing Stonewall Jackson during the battle at Chancellorsville took a tole on the Confederate armies and his wife, who never remarried. We enjoyed the history and following the trail from the battle to the Guinea Train Depot where Jackson finally died from pneumonia.

Actual bed that Jackson died from pneumonia in

This area around Fredericksburg is full of history not only from the Civil War but the Colonial times too.  It is a great place to visit for a week or so.  You should come and stay for a while in this historic town

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Travels with Emma said...

Interesting post once again. I believe my step-father was related to old Stonewall.

Unknown said...

I learn so much history from our travels. Thanks for sharing this history with us.

Bob and Jo said...

History and food is why we travel

Rick and Orinda said...

This is an interesting post as the history of the Civil War is really amazing. We had never been to this battlefield and will have to put it on the list!


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