DEAD: Stonewall Jackson

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Stonewall Jackson (aged 39)
19th-century Confederate general

Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson (January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863) served as a Confederategeneral (1861–1863) during the American Civil War, and became one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee. Jackson played a prominent role in nearly all military engagements in the Eastern Theater of the war until his death, and played a key role in winning many significant battles.

DEATH: Lee wrote to Jackson after learning of his injuries, stating: “Could I have directed events, I would have chosen for the good of the country to be disabled in your stead.” Jackson died of complications from pneumonia on May 10, 1863, eight days after he was shot. On his deathbed, though he became weaker, he remained spiritually strong, saying towards the end: “It is the Lord’s Day; my wish is fulfilled. I have always desired to die on Sunday.”

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