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Confederate Memorial Day honors Civil War dead

Confederate Memorial Day honors Civil War dead

CHARLESTON, S.C., May 10 (UPI) -- Confederate Memorial Day has returned to a day honoring Civil War dead from a day of politicking in U.S. southern states, a service organization official says.

Baltimore police may lose horse unit

BALTIMORE, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Baltimore police need to raise $200,000 to save their horseback unit, one of the oldest mounted police divisions in the nation, authorities said.

Confederate flag to leave Va. capitol

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- An 1861 Confederate battle flag hanging in the Virginia House of Delegates will be left out of a new exhibit gallery in the capitol.

A Blast from the Past

In the aftermath of the fiery end to the Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, Texas, authorities announced on this date in 1993 that the body of cult leader David Koresh had been identified among the 72 taken from the compound's charred rubble. Officials s
By United Press International

Film of the Week: 'Gods and Generals'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Civil War epic "Gods and Generals" is one of the more remarkable movies of the decade.
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Q&A: Ron Maxwell of 'Gods and Generals'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Sure to be one of the more controversial films of 2003, Ronald F. Maxwell's Civil War epic "Gods and Generals" opens Feb. 21. This Ted Turner-financed war movie
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Q&A: Civil War film 'Gods and Generals'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Sure to be one of the more controversial films of 2003, Ronald F. Maxwell's Civil War epic "Gods and Generals" opens Feb. 21. This Ted Turner-financed war movie
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Country Music News

Stonewall Jackson is born in Emerson, N.C., 1932. Guy Clark born in Monahans, Texas, 1941.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Stonewall Jackson, who had a hit song in 1959 with "Waterloo." He was born in 1932 (age 70). Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five was born in 1937 (age 65); Jim Pike of the Lettermen in 1938 (age 64); Doug Sahm of the Sir Douglas Quintet
By United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is May 2. In the aftermath of the fiery end to the Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, Texas, authorities announced on this date in 1993 that the body of cult leader David Koresh had been identified ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Nov. 6)
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and probably the most well-known Confederate commander after General Robert E. Lee. His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. Confederate pickets accidentally shot him at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, which the general survived, albeit with the loss of an arm to amputation. However, he died of complications of pneumonia eight days later. His death was a severe setback for the Confederacy, affecting not only its military prospects, but also the morale of its army and of the general public.

Military historians consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in United States history. His Valley Campaign and his envelopment of the Union Army right wing at Chancellorsville are studied worldwide even today as examples of innovative and bold leadership. He excelled as well at the First Battle of Bull Run (where he received his famous nickname "Stonewall"), Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Jackson was not universally successful as a commander, however, as displayed by his weak and confused efforts during the Seven Days Battles around Richmond in 1862.

Thomas Jonathan Jackson was the great-grandson of John Jackson (1715 or 1719 – 1801) and Elizabeth Cummins (also known as Elizabeth Comings and Elizabeth Needles) (1723 – 1828). John Jackson was born a Protestant in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. While living in London, he was convicted of the capital crime of larceny for stealing £170; the judge at the Old Bailey sentenced him to a seven-year indenture in America. Elizabeth, a strong, blonde woman over 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, born in London, was also convicted of larceny in an unrelated case for stealing 19 pieces of silver, jewelry, and fine lace, and received a similar sentence. They both were transported on the prison ship Litchfield, which departed London in May 1749 with 150 convicts. John and Elizabeth met on board and were in love by the time the ship arrived at Annapolis, Maryland. Although they were sent to different locations in Maryland for their indentures, the couple married in July 1755.

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