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Thursday, May 10, 2007

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
Author Unknown

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.

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