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THOMAS J. "STONEWALL" JACKSON
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MANASSAS


When the Civil War started, Jackson's strong military background justified assigning him the rank of brigadier general. At the first major battle of the Civil War near Manassas, Virginia, General Bernard E. Bee proclaimed, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall," and a legend as well as a nickname was born.


StoneWall Jackson Statue         General Bee Marker
  The Stonewall Jackson (left) and General Bernard E.Bee (right) monuments on the First Manassas Battlefield.

The Jackson Monument is placed approximately where Jackson was at the time General Bee made his famous statement. The Bee Monument marks where General Bee was killed.
 



Jackson's military feats elevated him to near mythical proportions, in both North and South.


In the midst of one of his most brilliant maneuvers, he was mistakenly shot by his own men on the night of May 2, 1863 at the battle of Chancellorsville. The Confederate Army commander, Robert E. Lee, decided that his indispensable and most capable subordinate should recuperate in a safe place well behind friendly lines. He selected Guinea Station, as the best location for Jackson because of its proximity to the railroad to Richmond and its familiarity to the wounded general. It was there that Jackson died on Sunday, May 10, 1863.
(Text Source, in part: U.S. Gov't, National Park Service)









CHANCELLORSVILLE
See also the Chancellorsville Section.


Last meeting
Upon starting his twelve mile march around General Hooker's Union army at Chancellorsville, resulting in a flanking attack that gave the Confederates a major victory and cost Jackson his life, Jackson had his last meeting with Robert E. Lee at the spot shown in this 1998 photograph.



Chancellorsville Map CHANCELLORSVILLE






Chancellorsville - April 30-May 6, 1863
Estimated Casualties : 24,000 total (US 14,000; CS 10,000)

On April 27, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker led the V, XI, and XII Corps on a campaign to turn the Confederate left flank by crossing the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers above Fredericksburg. Passing the Rapidan via Germanna and Ely's Fords, the Federals concentrated near Chancellorsville on April 30 and May 1. The III Corps was ordered to join the army via United States Ford. Sedgwick's VI Corps and Gibbon's division remained to demonstrate against the Confederates at Fredericksburg. In the meantime, Lee left a covering force under Maj. Gen. Jubal Early in Fredericksburg and marched with the rest of the army to confront the Federals. As Hooker's army moved toward Fredericksburg on the Orange Turnpike, they encountered increasing Confederate resistance. Hearing reports of overwhelming Confederate force, Hooker ordered his army to suspend the advance and to concentrate again at Chancellorsville. Pressed closely by Lee's advance, Hooker adopted a defensive posture, thus giving Lee the initiative. On the morning of May 2, Lt. Gen. T.J. Jackson directed his corps on a march against the Federal left flank, which was reported to be “hanging in the air.” Fighting was sporadic on other portions of the field throughout the day, as Jackson's column reached its jump-off point. At 5:20 pm, Jackson's line surged forward in an overwhelming attack that crushed the Union XI Corps. Federal troops rallied, resisted the advance, and counterattacked. Disorganization on both sides and darkness ended the fighting. While making a night reconnaissance, Jackson was mortally wounded by his own men and carried from the field. J.E.B. Stuart took temporary command of Jackson's Corps. On May 3, the Confederates attacked with both wings of the army and massed their artillery at Hazel Grove. This finally broke the Federal line at Chancellorsville. Hooker withdrew a mile and entrenched in a defensive “U” with his back to the river at United States Ford. Union generals Berry and Whipple and Confederate general Paxton were killed; Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded. On the night of May 5-6, after Union reverses at Salem Church, Hooker recrossed to the north bank of the Rappahannock. This battle was considered by many historians to be Lee's greatest victory.
(Text Source: U.S. Gov't, National Park Service)
 
 



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