Stonewall Jackson: Confederate Generalby Martha S. Hewson
The early life of Thomas J. Jackson contained few hints that he might become a great leader and earn a nickname like "Stonewall" for standing firm in the middle of an important battle. A shy child, he received little formal education until a lucky break allowed him to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After graduating from West Point, he fought bravely in the war with Mexico. Later he became a professor at the Virginia Military Institute. When the Civil War broke out, he thought it was his duty to serve his home state of Virginia. Read about how Stonewall Jackson led his troops into combat. Learn more about this gifted leader who always set an example for his men.
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