September 28, 2012
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Blog-article on Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson by Tom Roten & Melanie Asbury. With an interview with award-winning author and Southern historian Lochlainn Seabrook regarding his book: The Quotable Stonewall Jackson (2012, Sea Raven Press). The following information (and some of the actual text) is paraphrased from Mr. Seabrook’s book The Quotable Stonewall Jackson.
Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, born
Q: Did he really have a light sensitivity or was it just another eccentric thing?
his personal letters, one might be forgiven for thinking that he actually had a
peculiar obsession with eyes, as he mentions so often—not only his own, but
those of others. It must be said though that his habit of pulling his hat down low over his forehead (allegedly to “protect” his eyes) may have merely been an eccentricity of his, since, according to his wife, he often wore his hat this way even at night.
Throughout the book, you mentioned several places where he visited mineral waters, such as Rockbridge Alum Springs, VA, White Sulpher Springs, VA, and enjoyed “surf bathing” in Cape May, NJ.
Q: Was he in bad health or did he just enjoy the water?
A: For most of his life
In 1830, Jackson and his older brother, Warren and four year old sister, Laura Anne were orphaned due to extreme poverty of his mother and step father and were sent to live with relatives.
At age 17,
Q: Was it due to these teachings that he kept his camps non-denominational, with chaplains of all faiths ministering to his men? It is said that he was always respectful of his men who were agnostic and atheist.
A: From birth
Jackson, a devout Christian, in 1855, at age 31, he and his wife opened a Sunday School for some 100 African Americans in
Throughout his life he was surrounded by death: his 7 year old sister, his father at age 36, mother at 32, brother Warren at age 17, his 29 year old first wife dies while giving birth to their stillborn son, his four month old son by his second wife. When asked by a fellow Confederate officer asked the General how he kept his composure under even the most
violent enemy fire, to which he said, “ Captain, my religious beliefs teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time of my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to always be ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way
all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.
Q: How do you think so much death affected him?
A: I believe death had a profound effect on
personality and habits and even his approach to fighting battles, it also
deepened his spirituality, increasing—in my opinion—his desire to “return home”
(to the Afterlife) before his time.
He wrote many letters to his wife and sister and looked forward to the days that he received correspondence back. He wrote often of church services that he attended, by many different chaplains, in several different camps and how forward he looked to seeing his wife’s face again. His daughter was five months old before he saw her for the first time.
In 1863, on May 2,
hit by friendly fire. When being carried from the battlefield, one of the men helping to carry his stretcher is hit and drops the General who falls on his side, onto a rock or big log, which at the time seemed to be no big deal. On May 3,
He had no sons to pass on his surname, though his direct family line continues on into present day through his granddaughter Julia Jackson Christian and his grandson Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian.
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