The Civil War, Day by Day


Stonewall Jackson Dies

As a child, Jackson was inquisitive, headstrong, and determined to succeed. He was initially rejected by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point because of low grades, but after obtaining the necessary coaching, he was eventually admitted to the institution. Jackson graduated in 1846 and immediately entered the Mexican War, where he distinguished himself as an unwavering force on the battlefield.

When Virginia joined the Confederacy in 1861, Jackson returned to battle. He led the South to victory in the First Battle of Bull Run, where his impenetrable stance earned him the nickname, “Stonewall.” During his Civil War career, Jackson was a confidante and invaluable asset to General Robert E. Lee - who was devastated by Jackson’s untimely death.

Indeed, the morale of the Confederate armed forces would never completely recover from the loss of Stonewall Jackson. According to his biographer, Colonel G.F.R. Henderson, “many a fierce battle still lay before the Army of Northern Virginia…but with Stonewall Jackson’s death the impulse of victory died away.”

Mortally wounded at Chancellorsville, Jackson died on Sunday, May 10, 1863. His last words: “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”

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