Monday, July 21, 2008

Thomas Jonathan Jackson

You are viewing a photograph of Thomas Jonathan Jackson. It was on this day, July 21, in the year 1861 that Thomas was commanding Confederate troops at the First Battle of Bull Run. As the Confederate lines began to crumble and retreat under a heavy Union barrage, Thomas and his men stood firm on Henry House Hill. General Barnard Bee, seeing the brave stand of Thomas, exhorted his own troops to be brave by shouting, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Follow me."

From that day forward, Thomas Jonathan Jackson has always been known and remembered simply as "Stonewall", perhaps the greatest nickname of all time.

5 comments:

  1. i just stumbled on your blog and i like it alot, keep it up!

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  2. For as well as you express yourself in your blog, I find it difficult to imagine anyone (other than your wife) complaining about your communication skills. Not only do I love your pictures, but your commentary makes them all the more enjoyable. Are you and the stove back on speaking terms?

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  3. Anon,
    Thanks for the kind words. And, no the stove is still not speaking to me, not cooking, and not anything else. It has been 45 days now since I have had a hot meal.
    PJM

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  4. How about using a Barbeque for hot meals? Also, buy a toaster.

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  5. Could Jackson be more of a badass? I think not.

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