Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Stonewall” Jackson’s Arm
The Battle of the Wilderness
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
Here, in the Jones family cemetery, lie the remains of “Stonewall” Jackson’s left arm. The Confederate general lost the limb during the Battle of Chancellorsville, where he was mistakenly shot by his own troops. Surgeons removed the arm at the Wilderness Tavern field hospital, one-half mile to your left-rear, early May 3, 1863.
Jackson’s chaplain, Rev. B. Tucker Lacy, visited the hospital later that morning. As he was leaving Jackson’s tent, Lacy saw the general’s amputated arm lying outside. He gathered up the limb and carried it across the fields to his brother’s estate, Ellwood, and buried it here in the family cemetery.
In 1903, Rev. James Power Smith erected the small granite marker that stands in the cemetery. Smith had been on Jackson’s staff during the Civil War and later married Agnes Lacy, the daughter of Ellwood’s owner.
“He has lost his left arm; but I have lost my right arm.”
Robert E. Lee on “Stonewall” Jackson
Jackson being cared for near the Wilderness Tavern. He remained there for just a day.
This photograph of Jackson was taken in April 1863, less than two weeks before he was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 3, 1863.
Location. 38° 19.087′ N, 77° 43.94′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Constitution Highway (Virginia Route 20) one mile west of Germanna Highway (Virginia Route 3), on the left when traveling west. Marker is at the cemetery, south of "Ellwood," the Lacy House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36380 Constitution Hwy, Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named “Stonewall” Jackson’s Arm (here, next to this marker); Arm of Stonewall Jackson (here, next to this marker); Union Headquarters (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Union Headquarters (about 500 feet away); A Military Scene (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named A Military Scene (about 500 feet away); Toil Without Choice at Ellwood (about 500 feet away); Ellwood (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Stonewall” Jackson’s Arm. (Submitted on October 6, 2020.)
2. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. National Park Service (Submitted on August 21, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2020. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on October 6, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 7, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.