Lieutenant General Thomas J. Jackson

Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was arguably the best battlefield commander in the Civil War. A member of the Class of '46 at West Point, he taught mathematics and gunnery at the Virgina Military Institute before accepting the command of a brigade at the start of the War. He and the brigade earned the nickname "Stonewall" from General Barnard Bee for their stand at the Battle of First Manassas. Jackson was mortally wounded by a company of North Carolina infantry on 2 May 1863, at Chancellorsville after leading a brilliant flanking assault against O. O. Howard's XI Corps.

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Created 26 MAY 1996; Revised 23 JUL 2014