The Overlooked Irony of the Red Hen Restaurant Incident
by Wallace Hettle
It’s across the street from the home of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, where the myth of the Lost Cause is still celebrated.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Virginia’s only black statewide officeholder bows out of Stonewall Jackson tribute
Fairfax described his protest as a “personal decision” based, in part, on his family history.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Washington National Cathedral to remove stained glass windows honoring Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson
Leaders at Washington National Cathedral, the closest thing in the country’s capital to an official church, have decided after two years of study and debate to remove two stained-glass windows honoring Confederate figures Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
This St. Patrick’s Day Let’s Remember Northern Ireland, too
by Steven Knipp
Most Americans come from Northern Ireland including Ulysses Grant and Stonewall Jackson.
A New Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Divides a Virginia Town
King's birthday falls within days of the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, an awkward time for towns like Lexington, which celebrates all three.
SOURCE: Discovery News
Astronomers solve 'Stonewall' Jackson mystery
...[A]stronomers say they know why [Confederate troops] couldn't identify [Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville] — it's all because of the moon. Astronomer Don Olson of Texas State University and Laurie E. Jasinski, a researcher and editor at the Texas State Historical Association, report their findings in the May 2013 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.Space sleuths"I remembered reading long ago that Stonewall Jackson was wounded by 'friendly fire' and that it happened at night," Olson told SPACE.com in an email. Olson decided to pursue the mystery on the occasion of the battle's 150th anniversary.
It's Not You, Stonewall, It's Me
by Wallace A. Hettle
1864 portrait of Stonewall Jackson by D.W. King.Dear Stonewall,I still think of you fondly sometimes. I cared enough about you to spend eight years of my life researching and writing about you and your friends. In my opinion, I wrote a pretty good book: Inventing Stonewall Jackson: A Civil War Hero in History and Memory. I examined the assumptions that shaped your historical image, and the ways that image morphed into popular cultural in the twentieth century. In this way, I raised some questions about you, and forced me to think hard about how biography works as a genre, often coming perilously close to historical fiction.
For Stonewall Jackson, a final victory that led to Confederate catastrophe
At 5:15 p.m. on May 2, 1863, a doomed Confederate officer with striking blue eyes sat on his horse holding his pocket watch in the Virginia wilderness west of Fredericksburg.He wore a black rubber raincoat and gauntlets, and carried a book of Napoleon’s maxims in his haversack, as he waited for the last of his 21,000 soldiers to spread through the woods in an attack formation over a mile wide.There were only a few hours of daylight left, and his men had been marching all day. But the officer had carefully maneuvered his regiments into position to launch one of the greatest assaults of the Civil War.As the minutes ticked by, he asked a subordinate: “Are you ready?” Yes, came the reply....
Jackson arm amputation site preserved
The place is rich in legend, and now it’s safe for future generations.The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has acquired 81 acres along State Route 3 in Spotsylvania where doctors tried to save Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, wounded by his troops in a “friendly fire” mishap.Dr. Hunter McGuire (the namesake of today’s Veterans Administration hospital in Richmond) amputated the Confederate leader’s left arm, hit in two places.“It all happened right here,” says Jerry H. Brent of Fredericksburg, the trust’s executive director. “This was part of the Wilderness Tavern site, on both sides of the road. With the corps’ field hospital in operation, there were hundreds of soldiers in tents or milling about, and wagons coming and going.”...
The Surprising Story of How Stonewall Jackson Became a Mythical Figure for the Religious Right
by Wallace A. Hettle
Next week will mark the 150th anniversary of First Bull Run, the initial major battle of the Civil War. The combat that day remains memorable for several reasons, including the importance of the telegraph and the use of trains to transport troops. Few images in Civil War history are more compelling and tragic than the panic of green Union soldiers running away from the field.
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