October 5, 2013
Stonewall Jackson: Stories From Then And Now
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Stonewall Jackson is one of the most striking figures of the American Civil War. A general in the Confederacy, he earned his nickname because of his towering strength, both on a personal and military level. He got right into the thick of things with his soldiers and even lost an arm after one of his own men accidentally shot him, but it was illness that took him, and his 1963 death of pneumonia was crushing to the Confederate cause. Might the outcome of the war been different if he had survived to see it to (more…)

May 18, 2013
History Behind The Infamous Stonewall Jackson
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Behind only Robert E. Lee, General Stonewall Jackson is one of the most well known and celebrated Commanders of the Confederacy. In a few short years of combat he cemented himself as a hero of the Confederacy. Born Thomas Jackson to a poor family in what is now West Virginia, he would rise above his background and take position as one of General Lees most trusted commanders.

Jackson was able to secure an appointment to West Point in 1841 after another student (more…)

March 21, 2013
Who Exactly Is The Great Stonewall Jackson?
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One of the greatest military minds in American history and a true legend of the Confederacy, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson overcame a difficult childhood and minimal formal education to become a Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army. Several of the South’s biggest triumphs took place under his command, and his grasp of military strategy and tactics came to be regarded as genius. Many of his battlefield innovations are still studied and praised more than a century-and-a-half later.

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May 1, 2012
Our Favorite Stonewall Movies
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Looking for a way to learn more about Stonewall Jackson but don’t have hours to read a giant book from the library? Just monitor your channels for one of the many movies made about the general since his death almost 200 years agohere are three of our favorite titles.
Gods and Generals – Perhaps the most famous Stonewall film, this one was made by a major studio and has all kinds of great stars and action sequences. It’s a little fictionalized for interest but It’s worth a watch if you want to get into the story.
Warriors of Honor – More of the educational variety than anything else, this movie’s a great way to learn some details about Robert E. Lee as well as Stonewall Jackson. You can even watch it with your teenage kids, too.
Still Standing – Subtitled “the Stonewall Jackson Story” is exactly thatit’s a well-acted portrayal of what really went on behind the scenes of the Civil War – It’s readily available online, too, if you can’t catch it on TV but it only came out in 2007.

October 4, 2011
A Life In The Military: Stonewall Jackson
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Before the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson had already accomplished a successful military career. But it wasn’t until the Battle of Bull Run until he got his infamous nickname.

From an early age, Jackson knew he wanted to be a soldier. He graduated from the prestigious US Military Academy at West Point in 1846. He was seventeenth in his class. After graduation, Jackson entered the cavalry and served in various duties in Mexico, Florida and New York. By 1851, Jackson landed a job teaching military tactics at Virginia Military Institute. He retired from the Army in 1852 to (more…)

September 26, 2011
Stonewall Jackson’s Successful Military Career Profited
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Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born into humble circumstances and great promise. Working his way through his West Point appointment, Jackson was no great scholar, only a determined and hard working student. Jackson served as an instructor at Virginia Military Institute after service in the Mexican War and when Virginia seceded from the Union commanded Virginia troops. On July 21, 1861, Confederate and Federal troops collided at Manassas Junction,Virginia. Federal forces were pressing their attack successfully, pushing troops under General Bernard Bee were pushed back up Henry House Hill by Federals and the Confederate lines began to (more…)

September 24, 2011
Stonewall Jackson’s Military Career: Diving Into The Stories
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Stonewall Jackson had a complex military career. Jackson was involved with five separate military organizations. He began his career at the age of 18 when he entered the United States Military Academy. While attending the academy, Jackson quickly climbed the ranks. On July 1, 1846 he graduated the academy with the rank of Brevet Second Lieutenant.

On July 22, 1946, Jackson began his official military career. He was assigned Company K of the 1st U.S. Artillery. However, he did not immediately enter battle. Instead, he was assigned to recruiting (more…)

September 20, 2011
Stonewall: What Did He Do That Made Him Famous
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Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born into humble circumstances. He overcame those impediments by faith, determination, hard work and genius. Applying for an appointment to West Point, Jackson worked hard, night and day to achieve academic competence in fields to which he was a stranger. He became an expert artilleryman and served in the Mexican War. He later served as an instructor at Virginia Military Institute, where his eccentric but somehow impressive leadership abilities began to become evident. In April 1861 the simmering tensions between North and South exploded into outright secession. By July a major confrontation was building (more…)