Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (Then Virginia), on January 21, 1824 Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson an skilled Confederate General under Robert E. Lee. He was born to Jonathan Jackson, his father, and Julia Beckwith Neale his, mother.
Jackson was only two years old when he lost his father and his older sister to typhoid cancer. Stonewall's mother struggled to provide for the three children. After Julia Jackson remarried in 1830 Stonewall and his siblings where forced to move out due to the issues with their stepfather.
Stonewall Jackson's Mother: Julia Beckwith Neale
Jackson then enrolled in the U.S Military Academy at West Point, New York after attending some local schools. In 1846 he graduated from the Academy. Soon after he fought in the Mexican-American War as a 2nd Lieutenant.