Happy Birthday General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, CSA

longstreet012114Today the Opossum Creek Courier is proud to celebrate the birthday of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.  The birthdays of Generals Lee and Jackson used to be celebrated universally throughout the South but as political-correctness has taken root and began to poison the tree of heritage.  The left, the race-baiters and the progressives have been wildly successful in their efforts by stating they merely want equal treatment given to them and people that they feel should be honored but what they really want and what has really happened is that as they achieved “equality” they immediately embarked on a campaign to eliminate  traditionally celebrated figures and holidays.

With this in mind, we found a very historically accurate piece in the Canadian Free Press about General Jackson, written by J.D. Longstreet. It is a fitting tribute to a General who was devout, dutiful and dedicated to his home state of Virginia- Editor

He was Gen. Robert E. Lee’s strong right arm.  He was unarguably one of the best battle field commanders of any army, anywhere, ever.  His tactics are still taught in military institutes around the world to this day.

ackson was a brilliant military strategist.  But he was much more.  He was the lynch pin upon which southern victory in the War for Southern Independence depended.

Thomas J. Jackson¹ was born in Clarksburg, Virginia (Later to become West Virginia)  WV on January 21st, 1824. At the tender age of two years he was at his sister’s bedside when she died of typhoid fever.  A few days later, his father died, also.  That left Thomas’ mother, Julia, with three small children to support through teaching school and sewing, so she remarried one Blake Woodson.  Then, she died in 1830 during the birth of Thomas’ half brother.

Thomas then moved in with his uncle Cummins Jackson and worked on the farm.

Jackson’s education was basic, rudimentary, even.  In fact, Thomas taught himself to read.  Later he became a school teacher.

Thomas was appointed to West Point in 1842 and as a result of his lack of formal education, he had to begin at the very bottom of the class.  When he graduated, in 1846, he had worked his way up to 17th in a class of 59 students. By the way, Thomas’ class at West Point supplied 24 generals—for both sides—in the War Between the States.

He served in the Mexican War as a 2nd lieutenant but received brevet promotions to 1st lieutenant and then to major for his bravery.

When the Mexican War was concluded Jackson accept a teaching position at VMI (Virginia Military Institute).  He was a professor teaching Natural and Experimental Philosophy, and he was also an artillery instructor. He was a tough, no nonsense, instructor and his students did not like him very much.

When the WBTS began, Jackson was given a colonelcy in the Virginia Militia.  A month later Jackson was promoted to brigadier general and given command of a brigade consisting of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 27th and 33rd Virginia Infantry regiments.

Jackson was utterly fearless under fire.  In the early fighting at Manassas, federal troops were making advances and appeared to about to win the day. Jackson refused to budge his troops and eventually the tide of battle turned and the Confederates won a decisive victory.

Jackson’s cool demeanor under fire at Manassas caused Brigadier General Barnard Bee to remark:  “There stands Jackson like a stone wall.”  The name stuck and Thomas Jackson became “Stonewall” Jackson and his brigade the “Stonewall” Brigade.


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