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Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

“Stonewall” Jackson’s Arm


—The Battle of Chancellorsville —

"Stonewall" Jackson’s Arm marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. "Stonewall" Jackson’s Arm marker
Inscription. 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 mangled appendage at the Wilderness Tavern field hospital, one-half mile to your left-rear, early May 3, 1863.

Jackson’s chaplain, the 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 the door. He gathered up the bloody limb and carried it across the fields to his brother’s estate, Ellwood, and buried it here in the family cemetery. In 1903, the Rev. James Power Smith erected the small granite marker that stands over the arm. Smith had been on Jackson’s staff during the Civil War and later married Agnes Lacy, the daughter of Ellwood’s owner.

Jackson remained at Wilderness Tavern for just one day. On May 4, 1863, he made the 26-mile journey to Guinea Station (right). He died there six days later.

“He has lost his left arm; but I have lost my right arm.”
- Robert E. Lee on “Stonewall” Jackson This photograph of Jackson was taken in April 1863, a week before he was shot.
Erected by Fredericksburg and
Jackson's Arm marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
2. Jackson's Arm marker
The granite block in the background indicates the location of where Gen. Stonewall Jackson's amputated left arm was buried.
Spotsylvania National Historical Park, National Park Service.
Location. 38° 19.086′ N, 77° 43.94′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Constitution Highway (Virginia Route 20), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at the cemetery, south of "Ellwood," the Lacy House. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arm of Stonewall Jackson (here, next to this marker); Union Headquarters (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Military Scene (about 500 feet away); Ellwood (about 500 feet away); Archeology at Ellwood (about 500 feet away); Grant Comes to Virginia (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Campaign of 1781 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grant’s Headquarters (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
Regarding “Stonewall” Jackson’s Arm. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville associated with the wounding and death of General "Stonewall" Jackson. See the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson Tour by Markers in the links section for a listing of related markers on the tour.
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"Ellwood" - Lacy House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
3. "Ellwood" - Lacy House
The cemetery where "Stonewall" Jackson's arm is buried is located on the grounds of the Ellwood estate.

1. Wounding of Stonewall Jackson Virtual Tour by Markers. This virtual tour includes markers on the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson walking trail and sites associated with the Jackson's death on May 10, 1863. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Curious Fate Of Stonewall Jackson's Arm. NPR's June 28, 2012 article on the fate of Jackson's arm, as part of NPR's Dead Stop Series. Includes an audio version of the article (which begins about 50 seconds into the sound clip). (Submitted on June 28, 2012.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Marker for Arm image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, 07
4. Marker for Arm
Close up view of the granite marker that stands where Jackson's Arm was buried.
Guinea Station image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 9, 2007
5. Guinea Station
Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson died on May 10, 1863 in the farm office of Fairfield Plantation, located at Guinea Station.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,840 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on March 12, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York.   5. submitted on November 30, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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