Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson was a brilliant tactician during the Civil war

                                      Tammie Smart



                                  Suzann Connell

    Although many people do not know his name, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was an
intelligent tactician and a strong leader during the Civil War. Aside from Robert E. Lee,
“Stonewall” Jackson was one of the most memorable confederate leaders that came from the
Civil War era. Jackson’s military background started long before the Civil War began. But his
Civil War legacy will always be remembered. Jackson was a religious man, which he showed in
his style of leadership during the Civil War, and throughout his teaching at the Virginia Military
Institute (VMI).

    Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was born January, 24, 1824 in Clarksburg, Va. (now
West Virginia) to Jonathan Jackson and Julia Beckwith Neale. Jackson’s father was a lawyer
before his death. Jackson had three siblings; Elizabeth, Warren, and Laura Ann. In March, 1826
Jackson’s sister Elizabeth and his father died. One day after his father’s passing, his younger
sister Laura Ann was born. Orphaned at a young age, Jackson was raised by family and despite
his tough childhood, Jackson grew up to become a strong, intelligent, and brave man. As quoted
by Paul S. Boyer, (The Oxford Companion to United States History.)“Jackson was a deeply
religious Presbyterian and a secretive man, an aggressive soldier, and a stern disciplinarian.”

    From 1846-1848 “Stonewall” Jackson served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War.
Jackson first me tGeneral Robert E. Lee during the Mexican War. Robert E. Lee later became
the leading commander of the confederate armies. During the Mexican War Jackson first showed
the qualities which later made him famous, such as, his resourcefulness, his ability to keep his...