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Stonewall Jackson

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Stonewall Jackson

Thomas Jonathan Jackson was a general who served in the Civil war. He was born on January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia. Jackson’s Parents were Jonathon Jackson & Julia Beckwith Neale. He had 3 brothers and sisters. They were Elizabeth, Warren, and Laura Ann. Elizabeth and Warren were both older than him, and Laura Ann was younger.

When Thomas was only 8 years old his father and sister, Elizabeth, died of typhoid fever.

After his childhood in Virginia, Stonewall Jackson attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was not the first choice to be able to attend for his congressional unit, but the first applicant withdrew from the academy after his first day there. In June of 1846, Jackson graduated from the United States Academy at West Point. Out of 59 graduates in his class Thomas Jackson graduated 17th.

After graduating from U.S. Military Academy, Jackson started his Army Career as 2nd Lieutenant in the first Artillery Regiment. As a U.S. army officer Jackson served in the Mexican war from 1846 to 1848. During the war he served in many places. Those places were Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, Fort Hamilton, New York, and Fort Meade, Florida.

In 1853, Jackson started a family. It was August 4 when he married Elinor Junkin. On October 22, 1854 Elinor died in childbirth, and their son was stillborn. Jackson married for a second time on July 16, 1857. He married Mary Anna Morrison. Jackson’s second Child, a daughter was bor...
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