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Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville. His left arm was amputated due to the severity of the wounds. Though he was healing, he contracted pneumonia, which caused his death on May 10, 1863. Jackson’s final words were, “Let us pass over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”

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Jackson’s Gravesite

Lexington, Virginia

 

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On this day in the Civil War, the Confederate Army defeats the Federal Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Chancellorsville, through a flanking action led by Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Tragedy strikes the Confederate Army when Jackson is wounded by his own men and undergoes an amputation of his arm. The arm is given a proper burial at the Ellwood Plantation family cemetery in Virginia.

When Confederate General Robert E. Lee learns of the amputation of General Jackson’s arm, he states “He has lost his left arm, but I my right.”

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For further information on visiting Ellwood Plantation:

https://www.nps.gov/frsp/learn/historyculture/ellwood.htm

 

On this day in the Civil War, the Federal Army of the Potomac clashes with Confederate forces, starting the Battle of Chancellorsville.