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Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson

Born in Clarksburg, (West) Virginia in 1824, he graduated from West Point in 1846 and later taught at Virginia Military Institute. He earned the nickname "Stonewall" at First Manassas, where his brigade stopped the Union assault. Jackson was promoted to major general on October 7, 1861. In spring, 1862, his army in the Shenandoah Valley was able to defeat three Union armies. His movement against Manassas Junction in August, 1862 resulted in the defeat of General Pope at Second Manassas. On May 2, 1863, after his attack destroyed the Federal right flank at Chancelorsville, Jackson was wounded in the arm by his own men while making a reconnaissance. On May 10, he died of pneumonia as a result of the wound and the amputation of his arm.
Source "Generals in Gray" Warner, Ezra J.

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