22 January 2018

The Civil War Trust on Stonewall Jackson: "Rare Breed of Military Genius"

The Professor from Virginia by Mort Künstler
I got busy yesterday writing another piece for Western and Eastern Treasures Magazine and failed to note Stonewall's birthday. So a belated birthday post, from the Civil War Trust's Facebook feed:
Thomas J. Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, 194 years ago. After earning the nickname “Stonewall” for his determined stand at the Battle of First Manassas in 1861, Jackson created havoc for Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley, using rapid movement to keep larger enemy forces off balance. As a corps commander in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, he continued to display his own rare breed of military genius, contributing to victories such as Second Manassas, Harpers Ferry, and Fredericksburg. After another brilliant performance in the early stages of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Jackson was wounded by friendly fire on the night of May 2, 1863. He died eight days later on May 10 from pneumonia, a complication of having his left arm amputated from the incident.

You can read about Jackson's actions at the Battle of First Manassas here: https://www.civilwar.org/…/videos/stonewall-jackson-first-m…


Jorge Maspons said...

While still in military service I became interested in the war. I like General Jackson in particular because of his faith and love of his country. Generals Lee and Jackson were invincible together for this reason: Lee was the best strategist while Jackson was the best tactical commander. I compare them to Generals MacArthur and Patton, this is only an opinion from a student of history. By the way, I understand that Jackson was fluent in Spanish. Mr. Williams book on the life of Jackson is my favorite and I recommend it to everyone.
Greetings from New Orleans
Jorge Maspons

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Jorge! As always, great to hear from you. Let me know if you ever come to Virginia. I'd like to meet you in person.