Monday, May 20, 2013

Memorial Service and Events on the Anniversary of General Stonewall Jackson's Death

From and an interesting account of the recent memorial service and events at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine in Caroline County VA including some recent forensic investigation conclusions and a bit of trivia:

150 years after Civil War, Stonewall Jackson remembered . . . with lemons

Civil war general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is still being honored 150 years after his death, with visitors bringing lemons to shrines that honor his memory, reports.

Jackson, according to legend, sucked on lemons as he entered battle.
As visitors mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this month, Jackson’s life and accidental shooting has attracted renewed interest, according to the site.

“Jackson is a hero to some, but strange enough to appeal to a lot of people,” Beth Parnicza, park historian at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine at Guinea Station, situated 70 miles southeast of Washington, told

At the Chancellorsville battlefield, about 60 miles from Washington, pilgrims brought flowers and small Confederate flags to mark the site where Jackson was shot 150 years ago.

He was shot by the Confederate soldiers he led into battle against the Union troops when they mistook him for the enemy.

Jackson survived the shooting, but doctors were forced to amputate his arm. “He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm,” said his commander, Robert E. Lee, according to the site.

Jackson earned the “Stonewall” nickname for his unflinching role in the Confederate victory at Manassas, Va., in July 1861. Over the next two years he proved to be an aggressive warrior.

Events were held at the National Park at the site of the home where General Stonewall Jackson died on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Caroline County, Va. Scholars have long questioned whether it was an infection or pneumonia that killed Jackson, who gained the nickname "Stonewall" early in the war and went on to be lionized in the South and feared in the North because of his military exploits. On the 150th anniversary of Jackson's death, a trauma surgeon with experience on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan revealed his diagnosis of Jackson's death after reinvestigating the medical record.  After reviewing the 1860s files and subsequent reports, surgeon and professor Joseph DuBose told the AP that Jackson likely died of pneumonia.
Also from the Associated Press released yesterday, an update from Lexington and Richmond VA:
A federal appeals court is considering the Sons of Confederate Veterans' challenge of the city of Lexington's decision to exclude the heritage group's battle flag from its city light poles.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in Richmond. The judges typically rule in several weeks or more.

At issue is a September 2011 decision by Lexington officials to prohibit the flying of the Confederate flag on city-owned light poles. It limits flags that may fly on the poles to those representing the city, the U.S. and the state of Virginia.

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