Stonewall Jackson

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In Clarksburg, Virginia on January 21st, 1824, Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born. Later he would earn the nickname “Stonewall” and go down in history as one of the great generals of the American Civil War. Jackson graduated from West Point in 1846 and started his official military career with the US Army. He was a brevet second lieutenant in the Mexican-American War from 1846 to 1848. He displayed excellent leadership in battle, and was soon promoted to major. On February 29th, 1851, Jackson stepped down and retired from his position in the army to become an instructor at Virginia Military Institute located in Lexington, Virginia. When the war started, he joined the Confederate Army and accepted orders as a Colonel of the Virginia Militia. T.J. “Stonewall” Jackson was well known for his use of brilliant tactics in battle. It was during the First Battle of Bull Run when Jackson earned his classic nickname “Stonewall”. During the battle, Brigadeer-General Barnard E. Bee claimed that Jackson was “standing like a stone wall." He helped lead the Confederate Army to a victory in that batt...
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