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Discussion in 'Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson' started by James N., Mar 25, 2013.

  1. theoldman

    theoldman First Sergeant Trivia Game Winner

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    Lane had alerted all his regimental commanders that they were moving up to take the lead and therefore to be at the highest possible alert for anything and to prepare to make a night attack. There was a great deal of confusion during this time and it only got worse as the sun set. Every report I can recall reading says that Jackson met with Hill on the Plank Road and this meeting occurred AS Lane's Brigade was being put in place. I can see a scenario where there is a great deal of activity and once the meeting was over Jackson decides to go out front a little farther to find out what the Union forces were doing. According to this book he went out about 100 yards, just short of the NC 33 but he was close enough to hear the Union forces working on defensive positions. On returning gun fire erupts to his south so his party moves into the tree line on the north side of Plank Road for ?? what ?? protection, my guess. Why did he decide to turn into the woods near his own lines?? Perhaps the guide, Pvt Kyle recommended that turn?? Next someone in the NC 18 yelled "Yankee Cavalry" and firing erupted. From a simple soldiers point of view I am sure the soldiers of the NC 18th had no idea where they were or what direction they were facing. They had marched all day just keeping the back of the soldier in front of them in sight. What did Major Barry know? Did he know there were friendly pickets to his front???A confederate officer is quoted in Sears book as saying that the 'possibility of Union Cavalry attacking that night in the dense woods of the Wilderness was about as likely as a gunboat firing on them'. But the NC 18th did fire and the rest is history.

    I doubt there is much more hard information out there for scholars to sift through, but there are some good stories for historic novelists to write. A truly fascinating time in American History.
     

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  3. blwhite

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    I was given the honor of lecturing at Sailor's Creek battlefield in January for the annual celebration of Lee-Jackson day. My topic was Jackson's early years and its impact on his life. Fascinating stuff!
     
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    What sources do you recommend for learning about Jackson's early years?
     
  5. theoldman

    theoldman First Sergeant Trivia Game Winner

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    I find your spelling of "Sailor's Creek" interesting, because I have seen it spelled different ways.
     
  6. civilken

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    As a union man I must say once in a lifetime someone like Stonewall comes along he was a true genius I believe he has been way overlooked he had a very hard life but still prevailed
     
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  7. Union_Buff

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    I agree with you Ken - Stonewall Jackson was a true military genius in every sense of the word.
     
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  8. JPWalton

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    It's interesting to see the brush of revisionism tag Stonewall Jackson, by which I mean scholars trying to assert he was a rather ordinary general. Has anyone read Peter Cozzens' Shenandoah 1862 ? As much as I liked his Middle Tennessee series, that book bent over backwards to make Jackson's handling of the Valley Campaign look terrible.
     
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  9. civilken

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    Gentlemen please you must remember when we the north got our buts kicked by Jackson we had to say it must be us how can some hillbilly be kicking our *** so it was our mistake not his genius and if we keep saying it it must be true
     
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    Ol' Stonewall's a favorite of mine too. Happy birthday, General Jackson.

    In remembrance of his birthday and generalship, I dedicated today's blog entry to honoring him. http://fedoradudescommentary.blogspot.com/
     
  11. chellers

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    Enjoyed your blog. Thanks.
     
  12. hatguy1

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    My pleasure. Always good to know folks read and like my stuff.
     
  13. David Seals

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    I think the G.F.R. Henderson biography of Jackson is better than the Robertson.
     
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    When I first saw that image, I immediately thought of Jackson at Second Manassas watching the Union troops passing by on the road, with his men behind him just waiting to spring the trap.

     
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  15. James N.

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    A Stonewall Jackson Then-and-Now

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    I've already posted these in another thread devoted to then-and-now photographs, and added the first to the OP in this thread as well but thought they deserved addition here as a post. They show the same view of Jackson's Headquarters museum in Winchester fifty-four years apart - the above was taken by my mother on my very first visit there in July, 1961 while on our way to Gettysburg and then the reenactment of First Bull Run; the one below was taken this spring in May, 2015 by my friend Mike on a tour of Shenandoah Valley sites from here to Lexington.

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  17. Nathanb1

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    Why do you think that, David? Some folks may not be familiar with the Henderson biography. I happen to like the Frank Vandiver bio, Mighty Stonewall.
     
  18. ROBINBANKS

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    Hi All,
    I was referred here by 7th Mississippi Infantry (Forum Host). I am interested to find out Thomas Jackson's day to day accounts in 1862. Is there a source out there on the web or maybe a book that can help me obtain this information?

    Thanks in advance.

    Robin
     
  19. Nathanb1

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    Dr. Robertson's encyclopedic biography, the Official Records, and the VMI library archives are where I would begin.
     
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    Thank you so much Nathan. I went to the VMI archives online and the timeline I was looking for was brief. Does anyone here know where he was on November 15th 1862?
     
  21. Nathanb1

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    OR? Someone will know...if you hang on, people will answer...actually, you should start a thread with the question.
     

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