Jackson Brigade, Inc.
Tombstone for Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson's left arm
On May 2, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville (American Civil War)
Stonewall Jackson was shot. Returning at dusk, Jackson was mistaken
for an enemy officer by his own men. They fired a volley, lodging a
bullet in his right hand and shattering his left arm. As cannon fire
erupted on both sides, stretcher bearers removed him from his advanced
position between the lines and placed him in a horse-drawn ambulance
wagon which jounced for four miles over rutted roads to the field
hospital at the Old Tavern in the Wilderness.
Here Stonewall's medical
director, 27-year-old Dr. Hunter H. McGuire, deftly removed the ball
from his hand and then rapidly amputated Jackson's arm about two
inches below the shoulder.
Upon learning of Jackson's fate the next morning, General Robert
E. Lee lamented, "He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right."
During the day Jackson's arm was respectfully buried about half a mile
from the field hospital in the family burial plot of the Lacy family
This secluded cemetery contained the remains of more than a score of
deceased members of the Lacy clan, some of whom had been buried early
in the 19th Century. As was customary in many such Virginia
graveyards, none of the interred was identified by a marker of any
description. Today the only monument is the one placed by Jackson's
friends in 1903 to honor the memory of his arm. The memorial bears a
MAY 3, 1863
When Jackson died May 10, 1863, a week after the Battle of Chancellorsville, his
body, in accordance with his wishes, was buried 100 miles away in Lexington,
Virginia, where he had taught before the war at the Virginia
Image submitted by John C. Jackson
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