Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson 1824-1863
Thomas Jackson was a country boy from (West) Virginia who became a graduate of the United States Military Academy and a hero of the Mexican War. In 1851 Major Jackson came to Lexington to teach Natural Philosophy at the Virginia Military Institute. Jackson left Lexington in April 1861, at the outbreak of war, and never returned alive.
General Jackson’s leadership earned him the admiration of his troops and lasting fame. He was fatally wounded on May 2, 1863, after he collaborated with General Robert E. Lee to achieve victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Jackson’s body was brought back to Lexington for burial.
“Any victory is dearly bought that deprives us of the services of Jackson even temporarily.”
General Robert E. Lee, May 1863
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1861.
Location. 37° 47.107′ N, 79° 26.476′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stonewall Jackson House (here, next to this marker); Jackson's Garden (here, next to this marker); Rockaway (here, next to this marker); Dr. Ephraim McDowell (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. George S. Patton (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. John Lejeune (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Padget (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Sorrel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
More about this marker. In the upper right is a portrait of Jackson. by William Garl Browne, 1869, courtesy of Stonewall Jackson Foundation, Lexington, Virginia.
In the lower right is a Detail from Jedediah Hotchkiss’ ‘Map of the Shenandoah Valley’ from the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.
On the lower left is Thomas Jackson’s diploma from the United States Military Academy at West Point. from the Stonewall Jackson Foundation, Lexington, Virginia.
In the lower center is a painting captioned, Detail of Virginia Military Institute from Casimer Bohn’s ‘View of Lexington.’ from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia.
Also in the lower center is a facsimile of Jackson's Virginia Military Institute Grade Card from Virginia Military Institute Archives.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,768 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 26, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 2. submitted on August 21, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.