to Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia
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there is Jackson with his Virginians, standing like a stone wall!"
proclaimed Bernard Bee of South Carolina as he watched his fellow
General hold off Union forces at the First Battle of Bull Run.
From that day on, General Thomas J. Jackson was known as "Stonewall."
brave, Jackson was a skilled tactician. A graduate of West Point
Military Academy, he served heroically in the Mexican War (1846-48)
before retiring from active service to teach at Virginia Military
Institute. Jackson joined the Confederate army at the beginning
of the Civil War, soon becoming a Brigadier General. He was instrumental
in Confederate victories at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam,
and Fredericksburg. Jackson died in 1863 after being accidentally
shot in the right arm by one of his men at the Battle of Chancellorsville.
F. William Sievers was selected as the sculptor, based on the
quality of his Virginia Memorial at Gettysburg. The smooth granite
base of the monument was laid in 1915, but the project was interrupted
by World War I. The bronze horse and rider finally were unveiled
on October 11, 1919 amidst elaborate ceremony and parades.
© 2000 Terry White, Drawing © 2000 Bill Harrah