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Stonewall Jackson

Born: January 21, 1824, Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia)
Died: May 10, 1863 (age 39) Guinea Station, Virginia

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson - Trivia powered by ABEThomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and probably the most well-known Confederate commander after General Robert E. Lee.

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1. Stonewall's father Jonathan Jackson died from typhoid fever on March 26, 1826. When did his mother die of child birth (with her second husband)?

  • December 4, 1831
  • March 6, 1858
  • February 6, 1847

2. As their mother's health faded, Jackson and his sister Laura Ann were sent to live with their uncle, Cummins Jackson, who owned a grist mill. Where is the grist mill?

  • Jackson's Mill
  • Ansted
  • Bridgeport

3. He graduate in the Class of 1846. What did he graduate from?

  • Virginia Military Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy

4. In the spring of 1851, Jackson accepted a newly created teaching position at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), in Lexington, Virginia. He became Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Instructor of Artillery.

  • Fact or Myth?

5. On April 27, 1861, Virginia Governor John Letcher ordered Colonel Jackson to take command and where he would assemble and command the famous "Stonewall Brigade", consisting of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 27th, and 33rd Virginia Infantry regiments. Where was the location of assembly?

  • Harpers Ferry
  • Clarksburg
  • Winchester

6. At First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), one of the commanders shouted, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Follow me." Who made the statement?

  • Brig. Gen. Barnard Elliott Bee, Jr.
  • Brig. Gen. Robert E. Lee
  • Brig. Gen. Mark Reynolds

7. It was a classic military campaign of surprise and maneuver. Jackson pressed his army to travel 646 miles in 48 days of marching and won five significant victories with a force of about 17,000 against a combined force of 60,000. He became the most celebrated soldier in the Confederacy (until he was eventually eclipsed by Lee) and lifted the morale of the Southern public. Jackson's reputation for moving his troops so rapidly earned them the oxymoronic nickname. What was the nickname?

  • "foot cavalry"
  • "horseless infantry"
  • "quick soldiers"

8. Before the armies camped for winter, Jackson's Second Corps held off a strong Union assault against the right flank of the Confederate line at the Battle of Fredericksburg, in what became a decisive Confederate victory. Just before the battle, Jackson was delighted to receive a letter about the birth of his daughter, Julia Laura Jackson, on November 23.

  • Fact or Myth?

9. As Jackson and his staff were returning to camp on May 2, they were mistaken for a Union cavalry force by a Confederate North Carolina regiment who shouted, "Halt, who goes there?," but fired before evaluating the reply. Jackson was hit by three bullets, two in the left arm and one in the right hand. Several other men in his staff were killed in addition to many horses. Darkness and confusion prevented Jackson from getting immediate care. He was dropped from his stretcher while being evacuated because of incoming artillery rounds. Because of his injuries, Jackson's left arm had to be amputated by Dr. Hunter McGuire. Cause of death: Pneumonia. What was the battle?

  • Battle of Fredericksburg
  • Battle of Chancellorsville
  • Battle of Gettysburg

10. Where is Stonewall Jackson buried?

  • Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, West Virginia
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia

11. Where is Stonewall Jackson's arm buried?

  • Ellwood Family Cemetery, Spotsylvania, Virginia
  • Lee Family Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Richmond National Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

Stonewall Jackson Answers

  1. December 4, 1831
  2. Jackson's Mill
  3. United States Military Academy
  4. Fact
  5. Harpers Ferry
  6. Brig. Gen. Barnard Elliott Bee, Jr.
  7. "foot cavalry"
  8. Fact
  9. Battle of Chancellorsville
  10. Angels on your pillowStonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia
    Plot: Under General Jackson Statue
  11. Ellwood Family Cemetery, Spotsylvania, Virginia

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