His full name is Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
He was born on January 21, 1824. He was born in Clarksburg, Virginia.
His dad died when he was two years old because of typhoid fever. His sister also died when he was two because of typhoid fever.
His mom died when he was seven because of childbirth after she was remarried. He then later had to live with his uncle because he could not get along with his new stepfather.
He battled a disease called hypochondria. His wife died in 1854 because of childbirth. Then later his daughter died one month after being born.
He was placed in command of the VMI Corps of Cadets when the Civil War came around. He was given his nickname because of the battle of Bull Run. He was given the nickname because he filled a gap in there ranks to fend off a Union attempt to attack , and a general saw and said, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall."
He was promoted to major general because of his quick thinking and courage on the battlefield. He was the one who launched the Shenadoah Valley campaign. He began the campaign by defending Western Virginia from a union invasion.
He lead the confederate army to many victories. He managed to hold his troops in a defensive position at the Battle of Antietam against horrible odds.He then later led an attack from the rear on General Joseph Hooker's army that resulted in so much casualties that made Hooker retreat.
There is a point in his life that is very interesting to me. This part is when he got his nickname "Stonewall" for being brave and courageous.
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson - Jan. 21, 1824 - May 10, 1863.
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