Old Jack

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  • $469.00
  • Regular price $625.00

  • By sculptor Francis Barnum
  • Pewter
  • Limited edition
  • S/L# 1846 

"The Confederates" collection continued with Lee's right-hand man, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, known to the rank and file of the Stonewall Brigade as Old Jack, a nickname he earned during his teaching days at V.M.I. before the war.

He is best known as "Stonewall", the nickname he earned at Manassas compliments of General Bernard E. Bee. But that was just one of several appellations conferred upon Thomas Jonathan Jackson .... the man who would also come to be known as Robert E. Lee's "right arm". More than any other figure of the time, Jackson's very being was defined and exemplified by the various names by which he was known.

Dedication and self-discipline were his bywords from his earliest days. Although no a quick study, Jackson was nevertheless a determined student. Through sheer perseverance he managed to graduate 17th out of a class of 59 cadets at West Point. the valor he demonstrated at Manassas merely formalized his "Stonewall" proclivities. The trait had already been ingrained in his character.

After graduating from West Point, Jackson joined General Winfield Scott's campaign in Mexico, demonstrating both gallantry and the lessons he learned on the importance of planning and carefully executed strategies and tactics. After the war, he remained in Mexico, and during that time was so taken by the presence of the Church there that religion became a passion. And it was this piety that would earn him the title of "Old Blue Light", a contemporary slang expression, while teaching at Virginia Military Institute.

Together Lee and Jackson formed a military brain trust that was, for a time, virtually invincible. As fate would have it, Jackson's boldness would lead to his downfall. As he charged past the Confederate picket line at Chancellorsville, he fell victim to "friendly fire". Upon learning of Jackson's wounding and amputation, Lee would remark, "Jackson has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right." Three days later, Jackson died of pneumonia.