Jackson, Thomas Jonathan
- James I. Robertson
Jackson, Thomas Jonathan (21 January 1824–10 May 1863), Confederate general, known as “Stonewall,” was born in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), the son of Jonathan Jackson, an attorney, and Julia Beckwith Neale. He had an empty, often unhappy childhood. Orphaned at the age of six, the lad spent ten formative years of his life with an uncle who owned lumber and grist mills in Lewis County south of Clarksburg. Although Jackson would later say, “Uncle was like a father to me,” parental affection was sadly lacking in his life. He grew up shy, introverted, and awkward....