Today we remember the passing of the greatest general ever to live. Growing up as a child, one of my favorite pastimes was to sit by the wood burner and read everything I could find on Stonewall Jackson. Now, as a husband and father, I have discovered the greatest lesson we can take from his life is how he comported himself as a husband, father, and Southern gentleman. May we never forget great men like him.
Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson
1824 – 1863
Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). His father, a lawyer, died when young Thomas was six and the death left the family impoverished. His mother later remarried but her new husband didn’t like her children, and young Thomas was sent to live with relatives.
By pure luck, Thomas was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The cadet that he replaced stayed only one day before he decided that military life was not for him. Young Thomas was so shy and modest in his ways that his classmates didn’t even notice him for the first six months. What they saw first was that the new plebe was a very strange person indeed. [read more]