“It was indeed seldom that [Southern] officers were guilty of cowardice upon the field of battle; but they were often in the wrong place, fighting as common soldiers, when they should have been directing others.”
Stonewall Jackson (1824 to 1863)
Thomas Jonathan Jackson was a Confederate general in the American Civil War, and one of its most skilful tacticians.
He gained his sobriquet “Stonewall” by his stand at the First Battle of Bull Run (called First Manassas by the South) in 1861.
He was accidentally shot down by his own men when returning to his own lines, at dusk, and was seriously, but not mortally, wounded. Although his left arm was amputated successfully, pneumonia set in and he died a week later.
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