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.