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Clarksburg in Harrison County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Stonewall Jackson Birthplace

Origins of a Confederate Hero

Stonewall Jackson Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 1, 2012
1. Stonewall Jackson Birthplace Marker
Inscription.  The house in which Thomas J. Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, stood across the street and halfway down the block to your right (marked with a bronze plaque). His father struggled to make ends meet and poverty marred Jackson’s childhood. Both parents died by the time Jackson was seven. He and his sister, Laura, lived with an uncle, Cummins Jackson, at Jackson’s Mill about fifteen miles south of here.

Congressman Samuel L. Hays, a kinsman and Lewis County resident, appointed Thomas Jackson to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1842; Jackson graduated in the celebrated class of 1846. He served as an artillery officer in the Mexican War and later taught at the Virginia Military Institute. At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Jackson joined the Confederate army, commanding a brigade at Harpers Ferry. On July 21, 1861, Jackson led his unit at the First Battle of Manassas, where he received his famous nickname, “Stonewall.”

Jackson’s stunning tactical victories in the Shenandoah Valley in 1862 made him the Confederate’s foremost military hero. He subsequently became the most aggressive and dependable
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corps commander in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. On the night of May 2, 1863, after a brilliant flank attack at Chancellorsville, Jackson reconnoitered the Union lines by moon-light and was accidentally shot by his own men. His left arm was amputated, and he died of complications eight days later. Stonewall Jackson, among the most revered of Confederate military leaders, is buried in Lexington, Virginia.

"My mother and father died when I was very young, and I had to work for my living and education both." - Thomas J. Jackson

"He has lost his left arm; but I have lost my right arm." - Gen. Robert E. Lee, on learning of Jackson's wound.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1861.
Location. 39° 16.77′ N, 80° 20.448′ W. Marker is in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and South 5th Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 West Main Street, Clarksburg WV 26301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson Birthplace (about
Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
2. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson
This 1864 portrait of Thomas J. Jackson by J. W. King hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“At the First Battle of Manassas in July 18th, the unrelenting vigor with which Confederate General Thomas Jonathan Jackson held his position inspired a general nearby to rally his troops with the cry, ‘There is Jackson standing like a stone wall.’ From that moment on, he was known as ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, a name that he repeatedly lived up to, fighting under the command of General Robert E. Lee.

The deeply religious Jackson believed intensely in the righteousness of the southern cause, and a key to his success was his ability to instill his own fighting fervor in his men. One of his most brilliant victories came at Chancellorsville in the spring of 1863. Tragically for Jackson and the South, this would prove to be his last battle, as he died of wounds accidentally inflicted by his own men.” — National Portrait Gallery
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Immigrants (about 400 feet away); Combat Wounded (about 400 feet away); Clarksburg (about 400 feet away); U.S.S. West Virginia Bow Flag Staff (about 500 feet away); Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument (about 500 feet away); Union Meetings (about 500 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksburg.
Stonewall Jackson Birthplace Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 23, 2014
3. Stonewall Jackson Birthplace Plaque
Located at 324 West Main Street, Clarksburg, WV.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,489 times since then and 177 times this year. Last updated on February 14, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on August 23, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on February 14, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 27, 2023