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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II
p268
1288

(Born Va.)

Thomas J. Jackson1

(Ap'd Va.)

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Thomas Jonathan Jackson: Born Jan. 21, 1824, Clarksburg, WV.º

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1842, p269to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Aug. 20, 1847)

Aug. 16, 1847, – Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of

(Bvt. Captain, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847,

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 13, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

— and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1848, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1849‑51; and in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1851.

Resigned, Feb. 29, 1852.

Civil History. — Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, and Instructor of Artillery, Virginia Military Institute, 1851‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861-66 against the United States,a and

Died of Wounds, received in the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 10, 1863: Aged 40.

Buried, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, VA.


The Author's Note:

1 Familiarly known, during the Great Rebellion, by the sobriquet of "Stonewall Jackson," acquired at the Battle of Bull Run (July 21, 1861), from General Bee's calling to his men, when fiercely attacked, to look how Jackson and his brigade stood "like a stone wall."


Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: General Jackson was an outstanding leader, and his loss was a catastrophe for the Confederacy. The deficiency is made good on many websites, e.g., at Stonewall in the Valley; and the magnitude of the disaster, as seen thru the eyes of his superior Robert E. Lee, can be read in Freeman's R. E. Lee, Vol. II, Chapter 35, "Lee Loses His 'Right Arm' ". He and his troops are mentioned more than 1500 times in Freeman's book (see the Index).


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