Thomas Jonathan Jackson(1824-1863)-CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY
On this day in 1863 General Thomas Jonathan Jackson passed away. He was a West Point graduate and a Virginia Military Institute professor. Next to Robert E Lee he is probably the most famous general of the south. Most of us know of him by the name Stonewall. He was mistakingly shot at Chancellorsville by his own men. They amputated his arm and he died from pneumonia in 1863. Robert E Lee wrote “" He has lost his left arm; but I have lost my right arm." The Old Virginia Blog has some interesting info about some events May 11 - 13 in Lynchburg. Check it out here.
Today is Confederate Memorial Day in North and South Carolina. The date was chosen because of the death of Stonewall Jackson in 1863 and the capture of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in 1865.
CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY
The marching armies of the past
Along our Southern plains,
Are sleeping now in quiet rest
Beneath the Southern rains.
The bugle call is now in vain
To rouse them from their bed;
To arms they'll never march again-- They are sleeping with the dead.
No more will Shiloh's plains be stained
With blood our heroes shed,
Nor Chancellorsville resound again
To our noble warriors' tread.
For them no more shall reveille
Sound at the break of dawn,
But may their sleep peaceful be
Till God's great judgment morn.
We bow our heads in solemn prayer
For those who wore the gray,
And clasp again their unseen hands
On our Memorial Day.