Stonewall Jackson Essays

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Stonewall Jackson

Thomas Jonathan Jackson was a general who served in the Civil war. He was born on January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia. Jackson’s Parents were Jonathon Jackson & Julia Beckwith Neale. He had 3 brothers and sisters. They were Elizabeth, Warren, and Laura Ann. Elizabeth and Warren were both older than him, and Laura Ann was younger.
When Thomas was only 8 years old his father and sister, Elizabeth, died of typhoid fever.

After his childhood in Virginia, Stonewall Jackson attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was not the first choice to be able to attend for his congressional unit, but the first applicant withdrew from the academy after his first day there. In June of 1846, Jackson
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She was named Julia Laura.

Later, he resigned from the army, and he was asked to teach at the Virginia Military Academy (VMA), in Lexington, Virginia. He accepted the offer and taught natural and experimental philosophy.

Thomas J. Jackson played a very important roll in the civil war. As a general for the confederate side he served in many famous battles and was very well known. In November of 1859, Jackson was one of the Virginia Military Institute officers to accompany the contingent of cadets to Harpers Ferry, Virginia. At the execution of John Brown, who was an abolitionist, they stood guard. In 1861 Jackson was in charge of the cadets who were ordered to Richmond. There they were going to serve as drillmasters for new army recruits. 6 days later, Colonel Jackson was ordered to take command at Harpers Ferry, where he soon comprised the famous “stonewall Brigade.” That July, he was promoted to Brigadier General.

At the first battle of Bull Run, Jackson's small group of troops were facing overwhelming odds but they formed a strong line and held their ground. At the sight of this, General Barnard Bee said,” There is Jackson's line over there standing like a stonewall." After this statement Thomas Jackson was given the nickname "Stonewall".

In October 1861 Colonel Jackson was promoted to Major General. He served in the seven-day battles, and displayed ineffective leadership, which stood in stark contrast to the brilliance of
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