General Stonewall Jackson Dies- This Day 1863

On this day in 1863 Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died eight days after he was accidentally shot by one of his own men at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Stonewall Jackson had survived the loss of an arm to amputation but would die from complications from pneumonia. When told by his doctor that he would die on that day the religious Stonewall replied that he had always wished to die on a Sunday{It was a Sunday.} His final words were”Order A.P. Hill to prepare for action! Pass the infantry to the front rapidly! Tell Major Hanks” then he stopped, leaving the senetence unfinished. Then a smile came over his face and he said “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.” Stonewall Jackson was 39 years old.
There are those who believe if Stonewall had lived that the war would have turned out differently. Less than 2 months after his death was the Battle of Gettysburg which they believe would have gone differently with Stonewall there. I do not believe that one general would have made that huge of a difference in the war. The Confederacy would have still lost the war.


2 responses to “General Stonewall Jackson Dies- This Day 1863

  1. At the end of the day of battle at Chancellorsville on May 2,1963, Jackson and a few of his men rode out into the woods looking for the end of the Union line. When coming back some of his men in the darkness-mistakenly took them to be union soldiers and started shooting. Before they stopped Jackson was hit in the arm. He would lose the arm.. would later develop pneumonia and die of the pneumonia.

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