Stonewall Jackson Research Paper

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Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson Thomas Jonathan Jackson, more commonly known as Stonewall Jackson, was born January 21, 1824 to Jonathan and Julia Jackson in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). Death plagued Thomas’s young life. His sister, Elizabeth, died when Thomas was only 2, and twenty days later his father passed away. One day after his father’s death, Thomas’s sister Laura Ann was born. Widowed and living in debt with three children, Julia Jackson moved her family to a one-room house. After four years of poverty, she remarried, but her husband did not like his new stepchildren. The next year, Julia died, and Thomas’s stepfather orphaned the children. At seven years old, Jackson was sent to live with his uncle, who owned a gristmill.…show more content…
This was the battle where he earned his nickname, Stonewall. As the Confederate troops under General Bernard B. Elliot, Jr. began to crumble, Jackson’s own troops came and reinforced the line, holding the oncoming Union Army. Moments before Elliot was killed on the battlefield, he shouted, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Follow me." And the name stuck. After the battle, Jackson was promoted to Major General. But the Stonewall Brigade, under Major General “Stonewall” Jackson, still had a lot of fighting left to…show more content…
It was much like the first, and ended in an embarrassing Union retreat. The Confederacy could not gloat long though, for when Lee took his armies into Maryland, the Confederate Army was severly wounded at the Battle of Antietem. Both sides took heavy losses, but Lee was forced to retreat. Just before winter came, the North attacked Stonewall’s army, situated on the right flank of the Confederate line. The Stonewall Brigade held strong, and the battle became a decisive Confederate
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