Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Dies

May 10, 1863


On the night of May 2, 1863, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, Jackson rode out on a personal reconnaissance mission beyond his own lines. As he and his staff returned in the dark, they were mistakenly identified as Yankees and fired upon by Confederate pickets. Jackson received three bullet wounds, none of which were considered as life threatening. Doctor's had to amputate Jackson's left arm and he was evacuated to a local plantation where he developed pneumonia and died on May 10. Reportedly, on the night that Lee learned of Jackson's death he said, "I have lost my right arm and I'm bleeding at the heart." Jackson's body was taken to Richmond for public mourning before he was buried at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia.


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