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Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson: The Early Years

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterBorn: January 21, 1824
Died: May 10, 1863 (age 39)

Thomas 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.

What do you know about Stonewall Jackson? Try this Civil War Trivia quiz. You'll find the answers at the end of the page.

1) Where was Stonewall Jackson born?

  • Clarksburg, Virginia (today West Virginia)
  • Staunton, Virginia
  • Martinsburg, Virginia (today West Virginia)

2) Thomas Jonathan Jackson was the great-grandson of John Jackson and Elizabeth Cummins. Both came to America as indentured servants because of crimes. They arrived in the new world on a prison ship that left London in May 1749. The ship arrived in Annapolis, Maryland. What was the name of the ship?

  • Macon
  • Richmond
  • Litchfield

3) What year did Stonewall's father die typhoid fever?

  1. 1824
  2. 1826
  3. 1828

4) What year did Stonewall's mother die from complication while giving birth?

  • 1831
  • 1833
  • 1835

5) In 1842, Jackson was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Because of his inadequate schooling, he had difficulty with the entrance examinations and began his studies at the bottom of his class. By the time of his graduation in the Class of 1846, what was his ranking in the 59 member class?

  • 7th
  • 12th
  • 17th

6) Jackson began his United States Army career as a brevet second lieutenant and was sent to fight in the Mexican-American War from 1846 to 1848. What was the regiment?

  • 1st U.S. Artillery Regiment
  • 1st U.S. Dragoon Regiment
  • 1st U.S. Infantry Regiment

7) 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.

  • True or False?

8) He was not popular as a teacher. He memorized his lectures and then recited them to the class; any students who came to ask for help were only given the same explanation as before. And if students came to ask again, Jackson viewed this as insubordination and likewise punished them. The students mocked his apparently stern, religious nature and his eccentric traits. In 1856, a group of alumni attempted to have Jackson removed from his position.

  • True or False?

9) In 1853, Thomas Jackson married Elinor "Ellie" Junkin, whose father was president of Washington College (later named Washington and Lee University) in Lexington. Ellie gave birth to a stillborn son on , experiencing a hemorrhage an hour later that proved fatal. When did she die?

  • October 12, 1854
  • October 22, 1854
  • October 31, 1854

10) In 1857. Mary Anna Morrison was from North Carolina, where her father was the first president of Davidson College. They had a daughter named Mary Graham on April 30, 1858, but the baby died less than a month later. Another daughter was born in 1862, shortly before her father's death. The Jackson's named her Julia Laura, after his mother and sister.

  • True or False?

Where is Stonewall Jackson buried?


Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson: The Early Years  Answers

  1. Clarksburg, Virginia (today West Virginia)
  2. Litchfield
  3. 1826
  4. 1831
  5. 17th
  6. 1st U.S. Artillery Regiment
  7. True
  8. True
  9. October 22, 1854
  10. True

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