Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Jackson, Sir

General Stonewall Jackson was born on January 21, 1824. Born Thomas J. Jackson, he got the nickname "Stonewall" at the first battle of Bull Run. He was sitting calmly astride his horse when confederate General Bee shouted "Look men! There is Jackson standing like a stonewall! Let us determine to die here and we will conquer!"

Little Sorrel, his horse, was stuffed after his death and is on display at the VMI in Lexington, Virginia.

One of my favorite quotes is,"You may be whatever you resolve to be" (From Jackson's Personal Journal)

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