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Jackson, Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall'

One of the greatest fighting generals in the Confederacy, and known best by his nickname of "Stonewall," Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Virginia on January 21, 1824. Raised of Scottish-Irish ancestry, his parents died in poverty, and Thomas was raised by his uncle. Although Jackson never had the opportunity to be formally enlightened for higher education, he did have the privilege of entering West Point in July 1842. Although his grades were not great the first year, he applied himself and they improved with each year, whereby he graduated seventeenth in his class of fifty-nine in 1846. During the Mexican War, Jackson served in an exemplary manner at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo and Chapultepec. Eighteen months after joining the army, he was promoted to major, receiving acclaim from General Winfield Scott. In the late 1840s, Jackson served at Forts in New York and Florida.

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