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Thomas J Jackson Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21 1824 at Clarksburg Virginiawhich is now West Virginia His father Jonathan Jackson was an attorney1790-1826 His mother was Julia Beckwith Neale1790-1831 He had an older brother Warren Jackson1821-1841 an older sister Elizabeth1819-1826 and a younger sister Laura Ann1826-1911 Both his father and younger sister died of typhoid fever Jacksons mother died of childbirth complications December 4 1831 His mother remarried to Blake Woodson Thomas and Laura went to live with their uncle Cummins Jackson after their brother Warren died in 1841 of tuberculosis Starting in June of 1842 Jackson was schooled at the United States Military Academy at West Point He graduated in June of 1846 He was ranked 17th out of the 59 graduates He began his career as a 2nd Lt First Artillery Regiment in the United States Army Jackson served in the Mexican War from 1846-1848 and was stationed at Carlisle Barracks Pennsylvania Fort Hamilton New York and Fort Meade Florida In early 1851 Jackson began his teaching career at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Virginia At the same time he had resigned from the army At VMI Jackson taught natural and experimental philosophy Two years later on August 4 1853 Jackson married Elinor Junkin Sadly on October 22 1854 Elinor died in childbirth Their son was stillborn On July 16 1857 Jackson had remarried to Mary Anna Morrison Together they had two daughters One Mary Graham Jackson died after only one month The other Julia Laura Jackson was born in November of 1862 and died of typhoid fever in 1889 In November of 1859 Jackson was a VMI officer who accompanied VMI cadets to Harpers Ferry at the hanging of abolitionist John Brown On April 27 1861 shortly after the beginning of the Civil War a promoted Col Jackson took command at Harpers Ferry In July 1861 Jackson was promoted to Brigadier General just
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