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August 26, 2017

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson: Portrait Photos of The Hero of the American Civil War (1861-1865)

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (1824-1863) was a war hero and one of the South's most successful generals during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

After a difficult childhood, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in time to fight in the Mexican War (1846-48). He then left the military to pursue a teaching career.

After his home state of Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, Jackson joined the Confederate army and quickly forged his reputation for fearlessness and tenacity during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign later that same year. He served under General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) for much of the Civil War.

Jackson was a decisive factor in many significant battles until his mortal wounding by friendly fire at the age of 39 during the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863.

These rare photos are portrait of this hero from the late 1840s to the last days of his life.

Portrait of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson during the Mexican-American War, 1847

“Stonewall” Jackson as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War, 1847

Jackson in 1851

Jackson in 1851

Portrait of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in 1855

General Jackson photographed at Winchester, Virginia, 1862

Portrait of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in 1862

General Jackson's portrait, taken at a Spotsylvania County farm on April 26, 1863 (Seven days before he was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville)



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