“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Jackson’s Headquarters

I am quite comfortable

Jackson's Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
1. Jackson's Headquarters Marker
Inscription. Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, commanding the Shenandoah Valley military district, lived in this house from mid-November 1861 through early March 1862. Here he planned a winter campaign against Union forces at Romney and Bath (present-day Berkeley Springs) and prepared to defend the Shenandoah Valley.

This Gothic Revival-style cottage, Alta Vista, was built in 1854 for William M. Fuller. The south-facing entrance overlooked a broad, open hillside with a commanding view of Winchester. The house’s owner in 1861, Lt. Col. Lewis T. Moore, 4th Virginia Infantry, offered it to the general for his headquarters.

Jackson’s wife, Mary Anna, joined him in December 1861. During his time in Winchester, Jackson became fond of the community and hoped to settle here after the war. One hundred years later, the house was purchased for a museum. The collection includes many artifacts associated with Stonewall Jackson.

“The situation is beautiful. The building is of cottage style and contains six rooms. I have two rooms, one above the other. The lower room, or office, has a matting on the floor, a large fine table, six chairs, and a piano. The walls are papered with elegant guilt paper. I don’t remember to have ever seen more beautiful papering, and there are five paintings hanging on the walls.
The Civil War Trails Marker and Virginia State Marker in Front of Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
2. The Civil War Trails Marker and Virginia State Marker in Front of Museum
... The upper room is neat, but not a full story and ... remarkable for being heated in a peculiar manner, by a flue from the office below. Through the blessing of our ever-kind Heavenly Father, I am quite comfortable.”
—Letter, Jackson to his wife, November 16, 1861.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 11.372′ N, 78° 9.924′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Braddock Street (U.S. 11) and Peyton Street, on the right when traveling south on North Braddock Street. Click for map. In front of Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 North Braddock Street, Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Jackson’s Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington's Well (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Loudoun (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Loudoun (about 500 feet away); Site of Fort Loudoun
Alta Vista Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
3. Alta Vista Today
(about 500 feet away); George Washington Lot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Loyal Quaker and Brave Slave (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sheridan’s Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker. The marker displays a photograph of Alta Vista from 1905, a portrait of Jackson, and a picture of his prayer book, which bears the initials “Maj. T.J.J. U.S.A.”
Also see . . .  Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum. (Submitted on September 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,602 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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