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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

 

On this day in the Civil War, Confederate troops under General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson attack Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. The Confederates capture the town and nearly 12,000 Federal soldiers.

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Harper’s Ferry

On this day in the Civil War, Confederate forces defeat the Federal army at the Second Battle of Bull Run (known as Second Manassas in the South).

Stonewall Jackson’s troops, numbering 20,000, withstood 62,000 Federals until General Longstreet’s reinforcements arrived.

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On this day in the Civil War, Confederate troops under General Stonewall Jackson seize the rail line at Manassas Junction.

General Jackson’s strategy is to, “Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.”

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On this day in the Civil War, Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson dies of pneumonia at Guinea Station, Virginia. Several days earlier, Jackson was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville. His dying words are: “Let us pass over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”

 

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General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

                                                                                                 

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