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Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21 1824 in Clarksburg Virginia Now known as West Virginia His education was at the US Military Academy where he learned most of his knowledge he used in the Civil War After his graduation which was in 1846 from West Point he was drafted in the Mexican War until he was allowed to leave in 1848 After he was in the Mexican War he was an instructor at the Virginia Military Institute VMI on the recent outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861 and he left Virginia Military Institute to go into the Confederate army He was upgraded into a colenel and within months was given the rank of brigadier general General Jackson got the nickname Stonewall from the First Battle of Bull Run 1861 where his troops stood against the Union forces like a stonewall as told from Brig General Barnard E Bee While Jackson was commanding the Stonewall Brigade during a campaign in the Shenandoah Valley in the Spring of 1862 Jackson made a very controversial and remarkable tactical maneuver against three Union armies People say Jackson met his right hand man General Robert E Lee when they teamed up to defeat of General George McClellan in the Seven Days Battle at Richmond In August 1862 Jackson defeated once again in the army of General John Pope ensuring a Confederate victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run Jackson then crossed to the Potomac into Maryland with General Lee who ordered him to capture Harpers Ferry So he did and did a good job His task was completed in September 1862 Jackson got the unfortunate news about his partner Lee to flee to Antietam Creek to aid him Lee was under attack by an overwhelming Union force So Jackson was left to command the right wing of the Confederate army who had a big reputation of being
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