Clarksburg in Harrison County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Stonewall Jackson Birthplace
Orgins of a Confederate Hero
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 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
"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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson Birthplace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Immigrants (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); "Stonewall" Jackson (about 500 feet away); Towers School (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksburg.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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